A Gothic Nightmare: Madonna Teases Eerie “Dark Ballet” Video

Madonna's 'Madame X' Tracklist
The Queen of Pop reveals the cover and tracklist of 14th LP, 'Madame X.'

Madonna is rolling out “Dark Ballet” as the fifth and final buzz track from Madame X tonight (June 7). It follows “Medellín,” “I Rise,” “Crave” and “Future” — all of which sound completely different. In fact, the only thread joining them is a willingness to experiment and a love for world music. The visuals have been similarly eclectic. “Medellín” was a glossy, big-budget fantasy, while “Crave” was more restrained and somehow more modern. It looks like “Dark Ballet” will fall somewhere in the middle.

The Queen of Pop shared a couple of previews of the “Dark Ballet” visual and it’s a nightmarish vision of persecution. In the first clip, a veiled Madonna is intercut with religious iconography. In the second, Mykki Blanco is being burnt at the stake. “They’ll all be glad to see me burn, but if I go through the fire, I shall go through it to their hearts forever and ever,” M says in an eerie voiceover. “And so God be with me.” The video drops tomorrow. Check out the haunting previews below.

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