The Return of the Queen

This month we feature the Queen of POP, Madonna as she makes her return to the music world with her critically acclaimed album, MDNA.

MDNA is the twelfth studio album by American recording artist Madonna, first released on March 23, 2012 by Interscope Records. It is also Madonna’s first album not to be associated with Warner Bros. Records, the label she was signed to since 1982. As well as Madonna producing the album she worked with a variety of producers such as Alle Benassi, Benny Benassi, Demolition Crew, Free School, Michael Malih, Indiigo, William Orbit, Martin Solveig.

The first single from the album, “Give Me All Your Luvin'” was released on February 3, 2012. The single peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, extending her record as the artist with most top-ten singles in that chart’s history. The second single “Girl Gone Wild” was released digitally on March 2, 2012.

It’s amazing to be back in music. I like the intimacy of a recording studio and songwriting. I’m using a different part of my brain when I work on music versus when I’m directing a film. There are a billion more people on a film and I don’t have that visceral outlet of being able to sing, scream… jump around. It’s very different. I love doing both but it was nice to have the simplicity of songwriting after three years of writing a script and directing and editing and talking about my film, to sit down and play my guitar and sing a song. I almost cried.

Madonna on her comeback to music

Return to music

In December 2010, Madonna posted a message on her Facebook page exclaiming: “Its official! I need to move. I need to sweat. I need to make new music! Music I can dance to. I’m on the lookout for the maddest, sickest, most badass people to collaborate with. I’m just saying”

She reunited with producer William Orbit after over a decade of their last collaboration. Madonna said: “With William, I didn’t really have a discussion. We’ve worked on stuff for so many years that we kind of finish each other’s sentences. He knows my taste and what I like.”

In July 2011, Martin Solveig was invited to a writing session in London. Originally Madonna had only acquired Solveig for an idea of one song which eventually turned into three “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, “I Don’t Give A” and “Turn Up the Radio”. In an interview with Billboard Solveig felt the stature of Madonna’s regular producers would be intimidating and so he chose to avoid “thinking about the legend, and do something that just makes sense”. Madonna then enlisted several other producers for the project, including Alle Benassi, Benny Benassi, The Demolition Crew, Michael Malih and Indiigo. She also collaborated with female rappers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A..

Madonna wished to collaborate with “women who have a strong sense of themselves”, she found the pair were “fun to be around” and were both self-possessed people, referring to M.I.A. Madonna said “I don’t think she’s impressed much by stars and celebrities, so we just got down to business. I loved her.”

On December 15, 2011, Madonna announced that the album will be released in the spring of 2012 and it will be her debut release from her 360 deal with Live Nation Entertainment which was signed in 2007. Through this contract, Madonna and Live Nation signed a three-album deal with Interscope Records, who will market and distribute the album. In the 2011 year-end readers poll by Billboard, it was voted as the most anticipated album of 2012.

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