Madonna back in the studio, aiming for new album in spring 2012

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It’s been more than three years since Madonna dropped new music.

But the Material Girl recently confirmed that once she’s through with her current promo run for her movie W.E., she’d be hitting the studio to record.

According to Reuters, Madonna’s only done “a little bit of work” on the new project so far, spending time in the studio with Ray of Light producer William Orbit and French DJ Martin Solveig (a.k.a. Monsieur “Hello”). She hopes to release a first single by the end of the winter, with an album out by spring.

Her last release, 2008’s Hard Candy, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on the back of her Timbaland-produced hit single “4 Minutes.”

What do you think Madge’s next album will sound like? What are you hoping for? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • crispy

    William Orbit is the best thing that ever happened to Madonna. Really looking forward to this.

    • Bring it On

      So looking forward to it. It is gonna be a huge HIT !!!!

      R I P, GaGa!

      • sarlita carleon

        YES!!! THE REAL QUEEN OF POP IS BACK !!!!!!

      • Katty Perrilicious

        Oh please dont insult ..please dont even mention the copycat Gaga in the same sentence with the original Madonna.

        The truth is, Miss Lady Germanotta Gaga is deeply into satanic symbolism. The music video ‘Bad Romance’, is a mix of deep symbolism with modern day decadence and religious imagery.

        Parents should be made aware that Germanotta uses occult symbols to permeate much of the imagery she uses in her videos and stage performances. Included in these rituals (disguised as musical performances) is the presence of mind control elements of the horned god Baphomet, and symbols used by other secret societies and so on. As she becomes more bizarre with each public appearance, Germanottoad is becoming a female version of Marilyn Manson, a committed Satanist who tears up Bibles and encourages teenagers to kill their parents. Such is the dangers of the “music’ industry today that seeks to control our children.

        And she is a ‘lady’ ? …that ugly? Zzzzzz

      • Gloria32

        ..and yet psychiatrist will admit that this young woman named like CaCa has an emotional problem and keep copying others like Cher, Bette Midler, Grace Jones and Kylie Minogue!

      • baby crystal

        i want something like..

        1) Like A Prayer
        2) Ray of Light
        3) Confessions On The Dancefloor

      • Retired Housewife

        A duet would be so nice, too. Rihanna anyone?

      • Someone is screwed

        Relatively unknown Chicago-based singer Rebecca Francescatti has filed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga for alleged copyright infringement on her hit single “Judas.”

        According to TMZ, Francescatti claims that “Juda,” a song she recorded in 1999 with her band Rebecca F. & the Memes, has multiple similarities with Gaga’s track, chief among them the fact that Francescatti’s former bass player Brian Gaynor is now employed by a music company that wrote 17 songs for Gaga’s Born This Way album.

        NBC Chicago reported that Gaynor was open with Francescatti and admitted that he was writing for and working with Gaga.

        Francescatti’s lawyer, Chris Niro, told TMZ that his client is seeking proper recognition for her original work.

        “Though the songs are different styles, the composition is the same and the chorus is the same melody,” he told the site. “[Rebecca] is seeking recognition for what she created.”

        By “recognition,” Francescatti means money she believes is owed to her.

        In the lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by the Huffington Post, Francescatti names Gaga, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, DJ White Shadow and sound engineer Brian Joseph Gaynor as participants in creating the single “Judas,” a song that bears “a substantial similarity” to “Juda” in that Gaga allegedly “copied and incorporated substantial, original portions” of the work, though it was previously copyrighted and recorded with Gaynor. Francescatti is reportedly seeking a cut from the profits “Judas” has earned. – MTV

    • Adele fan

      Really want another Ray of Light V.2 !!!

      • Deanna82

        no more hard candy $hit, pliz!

      • Brian

        Couldn’t agree more. Ray of Light was her best album ever. I didn’t care for Hard Candy. I want something with more feeling in it. Not a duet with Justin TImberlake. Although I like JT too, it’s just that Madonna doesn’t need to do duets to sell music.

    • Yulanda Adams

      So tired of lady GaGa.

      Dont understand why ppl are so demanding. I will buy anything from the Queen OF PoP and of course i love her music. Period.

      • The Bachelor

        I think “Lady Gaga” or Perez are dangerously narcissistics.

        They are unwilling to acknowledge the truth about homosexuality. They mislead millions of young, impressionable people by wearing pink hair and fake penis for the sake of ratings.

        How sad. I have already boycott the Freak!

      • Realiti Check

        Lady Gaga misuse the Gay community to sell records. Just google..

      • Im Said

        oh alright and Amy Winehouse doesnt use drugs LOL

      • Watch Out

        I begin to Google and Gaga’s hidden messages are too big to be covered it up. The illuminate messages and anti-religion in Gaga’s videos are too obvious. Only smart people will notice. As for her fans, they know nothing..maybe many of her fans are bubblegum retards?

    • Star Lytes

      better be good, Maddie!

    • crispy

      I thought Madonna fans were older and wiser, but some of the comments on here sound like American Idol fantards. And I’m guessing all of your are poor because I have a 500GB hard drive with room for Madonna AND Lady Gaga. I had no idea they were mutually exclusive.

      • Jesus Saves The Queen

        ^ Pressed Gaga fans. Talking to the mirror again?

    • Minnie Me

      Madonna looks beautiful in the picture.

      • This Copycat

        Have you seen Gaga in the new Harper Baazar mag?
        A mess..

    • KEVUN

      Can’t wait for new music…hope she does do super bowl…it would be so AWSM!!!…MADONNA is THE DIVA!!

  • Fatima

    Squealed when I heard it was William Orbit again. I think Timbaland at least USED to be a genius (in the Aaliyah days) but I didn’t like seeing Madonna try to grab the current “it” producer like everyone else. She’s always done better working with her own people and up and comers.

    • PN

      When she’s with newer producers, she’s that good. When she’s with the it producer of the moment, it’s hit and miss. But I liked her songs with Timbaland and the Neptunes on the Hard Candy album.

  • Alberto

    Great to hear that Madonna is working with William Orbit! Gives me hope that it will be a good record.

  • Me

    I’m excited for the new album, not so much for the fact that Orbit is on board. ROL isn’t one of my favorites, though I know it is to many.

    • Well…

      I agree, I find “Ray of Light” very dated sounding now… it was a good record, but not as good as the stuff she then did with Mirwais, and not the heights of her dance-epic “Confessions” with Stuart Price. But this is Madonna… it’ll be great.

      • Fatima

        Besides Hung Up, I found Confessions to be pretty slight. Nothing stuck. Ray of Light (and I disagree that it sounds dated in a bad way, just very much of its time) had a lot more weight to it.

      • crispy

        I like Confessions, but dance music (like rap) ages faster than other genres of music.

      • Love Song

        hip hop is a done deal.

  • Paul

    Actually, Madonna released two new songs (Celebration and Revolver) with her September 2009 greatest-hits compilation album, “Celebration.”

  • NO!

    Kill me now.

  • KC

    It’s over.

    • Lily Gaga

      ..thats Mariah!

      • Lamb4ife

        B1tch, please..sit down. At least Mimi can sing.

      • Star Lytes

        Still Mariah is original than LGG ; even I dont like her music.

      • rick

        At least Madonna goes to the gym. And people dont use mariahs prgnancy as an excuse, Mariah has been fat for the last 3 years

    • MimiTheBest

      Mariah is the Queen of pop

      • Bonnie

        yea right!

        I saw Mariah Carey’s show on September 30th in Las Vegas. SHE SUCKS!!! Not only was she 55 minutes LATE in starting her show, she was dressed like a slut. Her voice was not in shape; it was squeaky as hell. The show was so loud that my eardrums still hurt. My sister and I walked out after 30 minutes into the show because we just couldn’t take it. We tried to get a refund, but the MGM in Las Vegas would not do it. Mariah owes a lot of fans an apology for her rude lateness in beginning. A show that suppose to start at 8:00 p.m. did not go on until 8:55 p.m. It was the worst show I have ever seen (and I have seen many of them). I have seen and heard better shows in our local bars in Rochester Minnesota. If you don’t believe me, come and check it out. THIS WAS THE CRAPPIEST SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN!

        Truthfully,
        Bonnie of Vegas

      • Almost Pee

        Bonnie, you must b joking LMFAO

  • idviceroy

    Even though Orbit freshened Madge up (and conversely, she made him a name among music fans) in the late 90′s, his sound always sounds the same. I’m hoping together they craft something fresh. And I am very excited that she is working with Solveig.

  • claudenorth

    Glad that she’s going back to the recording studio, where she belongs. We’re long overdue for a Madonna album.

  • Madonna the original Queen of Pop

    This is a huge comeback and with William Orbit..it is gonna be a riot.

    • fancypants

      Janet Jackson is the Queen of Pop.

      • Body Tight

        who?

  • KDH

    Very glad to hear she’s working with William Orbit again, as Ray of Light remains far and away her best album. I think he may be her best shot at producing something that doesn’t sound like Born This Way First…

    • Future Lover

      No please, Born This Way is not an album of the year to begin with. Madonna is better to stay away from Gaga influence. Plus, Gaga has already struggle to stay relevant only after 2 years.

      • RiRi Forever

        ***please no..Suck This Way; someone should make it an end***

    • 99cents Queen Named Gaga

      Lady Gaga intended her latest album “Born This Way” to be her magnum opus, she predicted it would be the album of the decade.

      It turns out Lady Gaga is a lousy artist and a lousy psychic. Considering how much Lady Gaga hyped “Born This Way”, it’s one of the biggest bombs in history.

      • Bonnie

        I hope Madonna wont sell her album for $0.99 cents.

  • thecyclecynical

    William Orbit did definitely help Ray of Light become the most ambitious and groundbreaking album of madonna’s career. but then, he also produced Music. hmm…. i hope Madonna will break boundaries again instead of just copying what’s currently popular. it’s time she set the trends again, instead of following them. i hope to be surprised by the new album.

    • Fatima

      I think Music was a pretty good album that’s kind of remembered too much for its sorta-obnoxious lead single. I also think American Life was underrated (but still deeply flawed), so I could be crazy.

    • crispy

      No, that’s not quite right. Mirwais was the primary producer on Music. I believe William Orbit only produced 2 or 3 tracks.

  • IMO

    European producers are always talented and unique. Good choice Queendonna!

    • Vladan

      not really, Like A Prayer is one of her best albums.

  • Godney Spears

    Yes, yes oh yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

  • Ill be there

    Make it quick..I want A TOUR

    • crispy

      I imagine she’ll tour after this release since this will be her first CD released by LiveNation.

      • BABYLON GAL

        OF COURSE..TOUR IN THE SUMMER 2012

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