most recent new album rumors and news

Album style and direction

The album is expected to have an overall hip-hop feel, with Madonna lining up Timbaland and Pharrell Williams to help her achieve R&B credibility.[2] A source told The Sun: “Confessions was a worldwide smash — but this will be different once again. The last album was a credible disco record and Madonna wants to give hip-hop the same treatment this time. It’s not all hip-hop though, there are a lot of producers from a lot of genres in there. It could be her most ambitious project yet.”[3]

At the London premiere for the film, Arthur and the Invisibles, Madonna confirmed that she hoped to start working on something new soon, and it could be “more dance.” Despite initial reports that the album would maintain pop-oriented dance tracks, including contributions by Confessions producer Stuart Price, on 15 November 2007 Price said on a BBC-radio interview that Madonna wanted “to do an Urban record this time that’s not really the kind of what I do, so she’s hooked up with Pharrell and Timbaland and she’s doing that record at the moment.”[4]
Timbaland stated in an interview for an English magazine that Madonna’s first album was a big inspiration for this new album, and that Madonna, Timberlake and he had listened to the album several times through recording to be inspired by it. Timbaland has also revealed that there’ll be no 80s synth-pop/disco tracks on the album and no purple leotard. “It’s kinda like Holiday with an R&B groove.”[5]
Album title

Throughout 2007, various rumours circulated about the album’s title. Rumoured titles included Give It to Me, Madame, Society, Candy Shop, Licorice, Odyssey and Blackstar. However, all of these titles were spread through fansites without any credible, verifiable sources provided for the claimed title. In October 2007, one fansite reported that the new album had a working title of Connextion, which would not be the title of the released album.[6] Give It To Me, reportedly the name Madonna would like the album to be called and the name of a new song on the album,[7] is also the name of an unofficial ‘pre-fame’ Madonna album and the name of a song she recorded with Otto Von Wernherr.

Further confusion ensued in December 2007 when journalist and DJ Larry Flick announced the album’s title as Licorice on his Sirius Satellite Radio show “OutQ”, based on a false, fan-made album cover image. Flick’s announcement was first reported by Billboard and subsequently picked up by various other news outlets. Because of this, Madonna’s representatives released their own statement denying that Licorice was the title and that the release date was wrong.[1]
First single

The first single to be release off of the still untitled new album is expected to be “4 Minutes to Save The World”, as reported by Madonna fan site,, on 15 December 2007. On 16 December 2007, Timbaland played part of the song at “Jingle Ball” in Philadelphia after earlier stating on New York radio Z100 that a Madonna/Timbaland/Timberlake song would be released in January 2008.
Collaborators during album development

Compared to previous Madonna albums, a large number of collaborators have been mentioned in the media. Involvement is likely to vary from producing, songwriting, and vocals. It is unclear whether all of these collaborations produced completed songs, or songs that will be included on the new album.
Known collaborators include: Danja, Pharrell Williams,[8] Timbaland,[9] Justin Timberlake, Felix Da Housecat,[10] Swizz Beatz,[11] Sean Garrett,[12] Akon,[13] Mark Stent.[14] Several reports earlier in 2007 suggested Mika was involved in the project,[15] although the failure of either Madonna or Mika to mention this project in the growing media attention on the new album suggests it was little more than a rumour.

In October 2007, Madonna Tribe reported that Kanye West was recording with Michael Jackson, while in the studio next door Madonna was putting the finishing touches on her new album with producer Pharrell Williams. Pharrell introduced West and Madonna. Madonna then decided “on the spot” to have the rapper rap on one of her new songs.[16]

In November 2007, it was rumoured on certain fansites that the material recorded with Pharrell was being reconsidered for possible exclusion from the album. However, subsequent comments by Pharrell appear to anticipate his material on the album.[17]
Songs reported to be included on the album

Song Source/description
“Candy Shop” A collaboration with Pharrell Williams, a demo version of this song was leaked onto the internet in August 2007.[18][19]

“The Beat Goes On”
(featuring Pharrell) Another Pharrell Williams collaboration, a demo leaked onto the internet in August 2007.[20] Despite not being released, The Beat Goes On is currently at #17 on the Brazilian Hot 100[21] and #13 at the Hot Dance Club Play.[22] It is said the version included on the new album will differ greatly from the one that was leaked in August.[23]

“La, La” Produced by Timbaland, who said of the song “we taking it back to ‘You must be my luck-eee starrrr!’ … Remember “Ugly” by Bubba Sparxxx? I got a beat similar to that. The hook is no words. It’s saying stuff named after coffee — all these different names for coffee — is the hook.'[24]

“Give It To Me” In December 2007, two websites[25][26] separately reported a song titled “Give It To Me”. According to MadonnaTribe the song is produced with Pharrell Williams who also sings backing vocals on it.

“4 Minutes to Save The World”
(featuring Justin Timberlake) Reported by website on 17 November 2007, one of five Timbaland / Timberlake collaborations for inclusion on the album.[27] During her visit in Israel in September 2007, Madonna said she would include a song about peace (understood to be “4 Minutes to Save the World”) on her new album.[28]

“Dance Tonight” (featuring Justin Timberlake) Reported by website on 17 November 2007, one of five Timbaland / Timberlake collaborations for inclusion on the album.[29]

“Even the Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You” Reported by website on 17 November 2007, one of five Timbaland / Timberlake collaborations for inclusion on the album.[30] “The Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You” is a previously unreleased Madonna song written for a shelved musical with Patrick Leonard, and was initially planned for performance on The Re-Invention Tour but was dropped from the final setlist.[31] Timbaland/Timberlake involvement suggests a departure from the original version.

“Miles Away”
Reported by website on 17 November 2007, one of five Timbaland / Timberlake collaborations for inclusion on the album.[32]

On 17 November 2007, website reported that a song called “Across the Sky” (featuring Timbaland) was one of five Timbaland / Timberlake collaborations for inclusion on the album, [33] although subsequently reported that the song was no longer to appear on the final tracklisting.
At the Shrek the Third premiere, Justin Timberlake revealed “We actually wound up with 5 or 6 REALLY good songs, some unfinished, some finished and we’re gonna go back in July and finish some more stuff.” Asked if he’ll be singing with her, Timberlake said “Possibly, yeah!” In August 2007, Timbaland stated to press that he and Timberlake had produced ten songs for Madonna’s album.[34] At the Warner Bros. listening party, Madonna reportedly revealed that the current number of tracks to be included on the album is 13.[35]

December 19, 2007. Madonna, Music.

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  1. Mama Africa replied:

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