Madonna's new single, 'Celebration': Do you dig it?

Once upon a time, a budding dancefloor philosopher named Madonna released her very first single, “Everybody,” and commanded her minions thusly: “Come on, take a chance/ Get up and start the dance/ Let the D.J. shake you/ Let the music take you.” Twenty-six years and over one billion crunches later, Ms. Ciccione is still pleading with the masses to shake their groove things with “Celebration,” the title track from her forthcoming greatest hits compilation that hit the Internet today.

“Celebration” is unapologetically dance-y, which means two things: I’m sitting here at my desk typing faster than usual and throwing in the occasional shoulder shimmy (fun!) while doing it. And secondly, the track is unlikely to make much headway at disco-phobic U.S. radio because apparently America does not like to get it percolatin’ in this dancerie. Ah well. No matter, Madge loyalists will be inevitably downloading this one and playing it on repeat in their cars, on the treadmill, even in their minds as they’re sleeping. And the usual haters will take one listen (or not) and declare that Madonna is, as Lexi Featherston so memorably labeled New York City in an episode of Sex and the City, “Over: O-V-E-R, over!”

After a half dozen or so spins, I’m probably more inclined to join the former group, although I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed that lyrically, Madonna seems to be revisiting the “Party! Get on the floor!” theme for the umpteenth time without even the slightest bit of linguistic flair. I mean, I remember back in her Bedtime Stories/Ray of Light days when Madge strived to stimulate both the brain and the gluteus maximus. Now, she’s issuing “an invitation to the dance of life,” and it feels a little like she might just as well be doing it via Evite. When I IM’d my pal Kristen Baldwin with the question “Does Madonna really have nothing else to say?” she pithily replied, “At this point, probably not.” Which, I suppose, would strike me as slightly depressing — if all the swirling beats and synths weren’t causing a rush of endorphins to the head. What do you think of Madonna’s new single? Will this one be making its way to your iPod? And any chance it’ll be a radio hit? Holla back, young’ns!

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  • MB Chicago

    Gross, she sounds like a chipmunk. Could be a good song, but her vocals are terrible.

    • Jessica

      What are you talking about as always it’s her vocal makes the song, especially the second stanzas on both verses. There is something extremely beautiful when she brings her voice up an octave or so in an appeal to understand and be understood. There is an element of aching, a yearning that she brings to her music at those moments that other pop stars fail to achieve and it’s often what sets her music apart and makes it so memorable. I have to admit, it’s a shameless Confessions retread but it’s also somewhat appropriate as a cap off to an era as she embarks on a new phase of her career as she leaves Warner. As such, I’d say overall it’s a rather beautiful farewell.

  • Adrian

    LOVE it! So rave-y and fun. Screw the haters, she rules.

  • joe

    i LOVE it….. sounds hot

  • Ed

    If you like Madonna, you’ll be into the new song. If you dislike her, the song will turn you off. It certainly will get people moving on the dance floor, though.

  • Wes

    Classic Madonna!

  • Nate

    It will be a huge hit….everywhere but in the US. I love it.

  • Mark

    She’s got her groove back. Go madonna.

  • paige

    awesome! once again Madonna proves that she’s consistently putting out QUALITY pop music again and again.

  • Konfide-N-Me

    Hasn’t she released this song a million times before… they all start sounding the same after a bit. LAME GRANDMA

    • Clarity

      Typical ageist and sexist comment. Get over it. So are women supposed to be put out to pasture once they hit a certain age? Seems like some people can’t bare to see women age yet maintain success.

  • Lance

    I think it sounds great! I like the song as a whole more than the preview clips. Haters can suck it.

  • ML

    Classic Madonna dance song. LOVES IT!

  • austinrob

    Minique’s Glasses likes it!

  • jfms777

    The arrangement is great. But the vocal is so nondescript. Anyone could sing this. A shame.

  • G.R.

    A bit of a throwback to “Holiday.” Catchy, though — the first song of hers I’ve really liked since the “Music” album.

  • MH

    So much better than that horrible RnB crap she was doing on her last album. Madonna is best when she aims for the dancefloor like the “Confessions…” album.

    • theJuanStar

      I loved the last album. I liked that she returned back to RnB. Especially with producers that have been clearly influenced by her early dance tracks. Listen to early production work of Timbaland and Pharrell. They borrow heavily from the synth heavy Madonna tracks from the early 80’s.

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