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Madonna Is Working Hard On New Album: "These Dark Circles Are For All My Fans"
The GRAMMY-winning Queen of Pop aka Madonna has put out countless enduring hits over the years, and has played a role in many iconic moments in music, fashion and culture, but she is far from finished. The singer has confirmed that she is working on her next album to be released in 2019. What can we expect from her 14th studio album?
Never one to follow the crowd or current trends, but instead creating and shifting them herself, the pop icon has famously reinvented herself time and time again. Now, as she launches a new product in her skincare line – complete with a futuristic aesthetic and a high-fashion campaign to match – she reminds us that this is just a side-gig. In a recent interview with fashion and beauty site WWD, she discusses the line and her own personal approach to beauty, subtly adding that she is working on new music. "I'm finishing my record, which I'm going to release next year. Yep, in between rose mist spray and serums, I'm actually making music. Can't quit my day job," she shares.
Her most recent album is 2015's Rebel Heart, and touches on some of the themes and sounds we've heard from Madonna over the years. Its songs include edgy religious overtones on "Holy Water," "Devil Pray" and others, heavy dance floor beats on "B***h I'm Madonna," which features Nicki Minaj, and tongue-in-cheek social commentary throughout, especially on "Illuminati."
As Madonna does best, she supported Rebel Heart with a no-holds-barred world tour complete with plenty of costume changes, dance sequences, breathtaking stage design and, of course, provocative religious themes including large crosses which were danced upon. It could be argued by some that she has "done" the religious commentary motif to its fullest and we are ready for the next phase of the star, but why? It is something that she does well and has weaved into her style and music in different ways and at different points over the years, and it is pretty certain that she could do it in a new, refreshing way.
In fact, at this year's MET Gala, for which the theme was, quite fittingly, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the star performed three songs, her breakout single "Like A Prayer," a new unreleased single "Beautiful Game," and Leonard Cohen's classic "Hallelujah." In May, she teased the new song on social media, but to date the only recording of it is from that performance, whose video she finally shared with fans months later, on her 60th birthday in August. We can only hope that this will be the first single off of her upcoming album and a taste of what we can expect from it. The song gave us full Madonna drama and intensity, with the lyrics critiquing the current state of the world.
"It's a beautiful game, that I've never learned./People tell me to shut my mouth, that I might get burned./Keep your beautiful lies, 'cuz I'm not concerned./'Cuz your world is such a shame, 'cuz your world's obsessed with fame," she sings.
The song felt powerful following "Like A Prayer," and perhaps is a hint that she is going back to her roots a bit more in her sound, as the 1989 album of the same name also gave us such lively pop classics including "Express Yourself" and "Cherish." We can only wait to see if her next album offers a taste of upbeat pop tracks, some dancefloor-ready jams, a heavy dose of socially critical commentary and perhaps even a few unexpected collabs.