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Madonna enlists Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. for next album

M.I.A. confirmed via Twitter over the weekend that she and Nicki Minaj will guest on Madonna’s next album: “summond to NYC by bitchesses > MADONNA and @NICKIMINAJ> cofffffiiiiiiieeeeeeeeee it iz a good day to get me tho trustttt bitches.”

Rumors have been swirling about the possible triple threat for several weeks, but no one was certain until Saturday. The powerhouse lady rappers are said to be recording rhymes for Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Love,” which leaked online to mixed reception earlier this month.

Madonna is currently wrapping production on the so-far-untitled album — due next spring — and promoting her film W.E., which premieres two days before she is expected to perform at Super Bowl XLVI.

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Madonna’s single “Give Me All Your Luvin” leaked yesterday, and perhaps to diehard fans it sounds like synthed-up angels singing hallelujahs.

For many of us though, it’s more like the musical equivalent of a bouquet of hydrangeas. Madonna and manager Guy Oseary quickly responded that the leak was merely a demo and that completed versions of her new tracks won’t be released officially until the new year. That said, if this is the musical direction, Madonna is taking, it’s not a good omen. Hear the track — and our take on it — here: READ FULL STORY

Madonna launches new 'Truth or Dare' lifestyle collection; we suggest five products she should consider

A couple of years ago, Madonna made her official foray into the fashion world with “Material Girl,” a contemporary line aimed at teenage girls.

Now, she’s ready to take on fashionistas her own age — and, well, slightly younger — with “Truth or Dare,” a new lifestyle collection aimed at women between the ages of 27-50.

“Over the past several years, I have been approached countless times to create my own brand,” Madonna said in a statement to Yahoo!. “The timing is right and I have found great partners in Iconix, who can help translate my vision to reality.”

Madonna is apparently planning to kick off “Truth or Dare” (which is also, famously, the title of a 1991 documentary about her Blond Ambition tour) with a fragrance next April, after which she’ll possibly add on accessories, handbags and underwear. Whether or not actual clothing makes the cut remains to be seen.

Now, since we don’t have much detail yet on what exactly the line will feature, we decided to come up with a few creative ideas of our own. Check out the list below to see the five products we think Madonna’s collection could include, and then share your own predictions in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Report: Madonna to play Super Bowl XLVI halftime show?

It’s a good thing no NFL team has hydrangeas as a mascot.

The sports website SB Nation is reporting that Madonna will take to the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to perform during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

The NFL is not commenting, and when reached by EW, Madonna’s rep says there’s “nothing to confirm at this point” — which is about as soft a “no comment” as one gets.

So is it possible? Last month, Ms. Ciccone told reporters while promoting her film W.E. that she’s been recording a new album with producers William Orbit (who helmed her 1998 album Ray of Light) and French DJ Martin Solveig (of the inescapable “Hello”).

The aim was to release a new single in the winter, with the album out Spring, 2012. And you know what’s an excellent way to immediately inject yourself back into the zeitgeist to promote your first album in over three years? Performing for the biggest television audiences in the country.

But is it a good idea? READ FULL STORY

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

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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Here kitty, kitty: Watch a cat recreate Madonna's infamous 1984 MTV VMAs performance here -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Why put a bird on it when you can put a cat or a dog in it?

Yesterday, MTV debuted the first in a series that recreates unforgettable VMA moments using remarkably docile house pets—in this case, two very patient puppies playing their own four-legged version of 2010’s meat-dressed Lady Gaga and Cher.

Today, EW is happy to debut a material-feline interpretation of Madonna’s iconic 1984 “Like a Virgin” performance in all its white lace, writhing-bridal glory.

I really appreciate the understated subtlety of the cat’s performance; girl is the Meryl Streep of  gimme-that-Fancy-Feast eye contact and slow, methodical tail thumps. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga calls Madonna comparisons 'completely ridiculous' in NME interview

One of the big gripes about Lady Gaga’s chart-topping single “Born This Way” has been that it sounded just a little too much like Madonna’s 1989 classic “Express Yourself” (there’s also a lot of TLC’s “Waterfalls” in there, but let’s deal with one bite at a time).

But should you run into Gaga on the street—undoubtedly wearing football pads and a small animal on her head—it’s best not to bring up the Material Girl, because she’s clearly a little sensitive about it.

“I don’t think… I swear to you. I am not stupid enough to put out a record and be that moronic,” Gaga told British music magazine NME. “I’m a songwriter. I’ve written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I’m getting one over on everybody? That’s retarded. What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about.”

(Gaga has since apologized for her derisive use of the word “retarded,” stating, “To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional. An honest mistake requires honesty to make. Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today.”)


Madonna's Raising Malawi scraps school-building project after sinking in $3.8 million

Madonna’s high-profile effort to build a $15 million school in the impoverished country of Malawi has collapsed after her organization put $3.8 million into the now-abandoned project.

Raising Malawi—the charity Madonna co-founded with fellow Kabbalah enthusiast Michael Berg—announced that in spite of the $18 million raised thus far, the project has been shelved.

“A thoughtful decision has been made to discontinue plans for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, as it was originally conceived,” Berg said in an email to past contributors. READ FULL STORY

All-star Japan Relief album on iTunes now: Madonna, Gaga, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Eminem, U2, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and more contribute 38 hits to $9.99 comp

Dozens of the world’s best-known recording artists have come together for a digital-only album—downloadable today on iTunes for $9.99—with 100% of profits dedicated to relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Japan. (To preview or purchase, click here.)

Songs for Japan features 38 tracks, the majority of them well-known hits, from a remastered version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.”

Find a full tracklisting after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Sugarland and Little Big Town cover Madonna's 'Like a Prayer': Should it have been a country song from the get-go?

Should Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” maybe have been a country song this whole time? Don’t worry: I realize what I’ve opened myself up to by asking that question.

Madonna freaks—i.e. most of the world—will fry me. (I welcome the hate commentary below!) But seriously, that’s what I asked myself as I watched this cover of the classic Madge song by Sugarland and Little Big Town, recorded live at a concert in Bloomington, IL, on Friday night. It’s real good.

I think my affection for “Like a Prayer” as a country song is a three-parter: 1) I’m so familiar with the song. Like, what cover of “Like a Prayer” wouldn’t be good? 2) The semi-religious undertones (overtones?) in the song—well, at least the use of the word “prayer”—very much seem at home in any country song. Right? Seems like it to me, at least, and the Sugarland/LBT folks give it a pureness. And, lastly, 3) Jennifer Nettles just rules; her voice gives me chills. Throw in Little Big Town—who Sugarland is pretty regularly collaborating with at this point—and it’s just all that much better. This six-some did Madonna justice. Watch here:


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