Her Madgesty is now on her 13th studio album. 2012′s MDNA gave us just a little bit of the life we needed for the icon’s 12th release, but of course we wanted more. It’s only natural, given this is a woman who has consistently reinvented herself for three decades straight.
Now it’s 2014, which feels like the perfect time for her to drop off a new project and deliver that breed of cross-genre pop that only she can provide.
Details on the album thus far have been hit or miss: While other websites have speculated by way of Instagram posts and other random clues, Idolator played detective and dug up even more info on the album. Of course, nothing is conclusive since this is Madge, but we do have enough information to at the very least be excited for the project.
So without further ado, let’s see what we have in store from the Queen Of Pop herself.
10. The Album Is Already Done…Or Nah?
Back in April, fashion photogs Mert & Marcus put a pic up of Madonna on Instagram, rolling her tongue and looking like a sexy Greek goddess with leaves behind her ears. The caption read: “In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT ????????” However, going back into the photo now — the caption has been deleted! What gives?! Are we led to believe that the album isn’t done after all? Or maybe Madge switched up some tracks since then? Probably a combination of both. This is Madonna, and she does whatever the f#@$ she wants. (Imagine the text she sent to Mert & Marcus getting them to delete that photo?)
9. Another Surprise Release?
In March, Digital Music News revealed that an anonymous member of Apple stated that iTunes is preparing for another surprise album from a gigantic artist. The suspects were Madonna and Mariah Carey, but as we all know, MC dropped Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse on May 23rd, so that leaves Madonna as the number one pick for a surprise album release. If she pulls a Beyoncé and delivers it unexpectedly on iTunes, imagine what will happen to the Internet? Then again, it could also be Kanye West’s album, since he too is planning to randomly drop his this fall.
8. Sounds Like…An Electro-Punk Choir?
Ever since 2005′s Confessions On A Dance Floor, it sounds like Madonna has fully submerged herself back into dance culture. Well, back when she first ventured into that sound, we didn’t have the all-inclusive “EDM” title. Now, we do! And given the list of collaborators (more on that later), it’s safe to say the EDM thing is still present. However, there’s more to it: Last month, the Queen released an Instagram clip showing the London Community Gospel choir singing some soothing coos that sounded eerily reminiscent of “Like A Prayer.”
In addition, we have some anti-establishment-sounding things happening: For one, she has a track called “Rebel Heart” on the album, which may or may not include the following lyrics: “Day turns into night. I won’t give up the fight. Don’t want to get to the end of my days. Saying I wasn’t amazed!” Madge also started hash-tagging #revolution and #revolutionoflove on Instagram. By words alone, could that be inferring a punk edge? Or, it could also be hip-hop. We’ll just have to wait and see.
7. Diplo Says That Shit Cray
Remember when Idolator spoke with Diplo regarding the Madonna project? Madge asked the Mad Decent kingpin for “some of the craziest shit” he had in his arsenal, so he gave it to her. They wrote seven songs together, and Diplo told us that he hoped at least four or five would make it to the album. Of those songs, one is titled “Bitch, I’m Madonna,” so we can only imagine what that will sound like. Hopefully she keeps that one on the project. With a title like that, how could she not?
6. We Hear There’s A Messiah Coming
Typically, at this point in a star’s album-making process, we get something to snack on when it comes to leaks, but Madge has been super elusive about this project. She’s dropping little hints via Instagram, and our greatest glimpse into the project has been the track “Messiah.” An Instagram video revealed an orchestra piecing together a beautiful tune, and there were also some lyrics (plus sheet music) revealed: “I am the promise that you cannot keep / Reap what you sow / Find what you seek / I am the sorceress / Down in the deep / I am the Earth / Under your feet.” Sounds like pure poetry. Keep it coming, Ms. Ciccone.