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Madonna presenteert nieuwe clip op MTV

Het voelt een beetje alsof we terug zijn in de jaren tachtig. Madonna presenteert op woensdag 24 april tijdens een wereldpremière op MTV haar nieuwe videoclip Medellín. En zo is MTV weer even de muziekzender die het ooit was.

De 60-jarige Madonna zelf is in Londen met de Britse DJ Trevor Nelson. Hij presenteert een live talkshow waarin 200 fans dvragen mogen stellen aan Madonna over haar nieuwe liedje maar ook over de rest van haar lange muziekcarriere.

Maluma

En het feest is niet alleen in Londen maar ook in Miami, New York, Milaan en São Paulo. De Spaanstalige popster Maluma (die op de nieuwe single meedoet) presenteert het event live vanuit Miami. Madonna beantwoordt via de satelliet ook vragen van MTV’s Sway Colloway en fans in New York, Milaan en São Paulo. Het programma duurt in totaal 30 minuten.

Het nummer Medellín is dus nog niet te zien, maar wel te beluisteren.

Madonna: Medellín ft Maluma review – a shapeshifting return to form

The disarming first song from the singer’s 14th album has some lyrical clunkers but acts as a potent reminder of her genre-mashing skills

4/5 stars

If any artist has shown her ability to code-switch between styles, it’s Madonna, who’s adroitly shifted from dominatrix to disco queen to Earth mother with previous album cycles. Her latest reinvention is Madame X: the title of her forthcoming 14th album (out 14 June), and also the name of a chameleonic character that she will play across the record. She announced it last week in a cinematic, enjoyably OTT video featuring a panoply of guises that included multiple eye patches and the singer wearing a hooded bonnet as if preparing for Gilead.

In a voiceover she details 15 identities – dancer, prisoner, nun and whore among others – and explains: “Madame X is a secret agent. Traveling around the world. Changing identities.” And it seems that Madonna’s gaze is reaching just as wide for Madame X, which features the American rap artists SwaeLee and Quavo, as well as the South American superstars Anitta and Maluma, the latter of whom is featured on the album’s iridescent lead single, Medellín.

Co-produced by Madonna’s American Life collaborator Mirwais, Medellín is quite unlike anything we’ve heard from the singer before, and her most subdued lead single since 1998’s stately Frozen. The most initially disarming thing about it is its balmy sense of ease. “I woke up in Medellín,” she sings over airy synths, before slyly adding, “Another me could now begin.” A rhythmic reggaeton beat kicks in for a fiesta-starting chorus, with lovey-dovey call-and-response between the duo. At nearly five minutes, Medellín’s pacing feels refreshingly relaxed, though it wouldn’t be a Madonna co-write without a few lyrical clunkers (“pain” rhymed with “champagne”). It doesn’t exactly do much to dispel stereotypes of Colombia either (“We built a cartel just for love,” she sings).

But those are minor quibbles: Medellín is a potent reminder of Madonna’s deft history of meshing genres and a convincing addition to the roll call of western megastars like Beyoncé and Justin Bieber linking up with Spanish-language artists. And unlike the occasional trend-chasing of her most recent albums, MDNA and Rebel Heart, Medellín proves that Madonna is well equipped to weather the demands of today’s listening trends while bringing global styles into her own world. For Madonna, it seems that the streaming age may just speed up her shapeshifting.

 

Madonna's new single, 'Medellin,' is a self-aware nostalgia trip

The first single from Madonna's upcoming Madame X suggests that the doyenne of dance pop is making canny decisions in her 60th year. "Medellin" is a carefully dosed combination of the coolly narcotic dance-pop she's often made with the track's producer, Mirwais, and the energetic reggaetón of the track's featured guest, the Colombian star Maluma, and suggests this global pop sound will be the foundation of her fourteenth studio album. Starting with a whispered "one, two, cha cha cha" from Queen Madge that lends the arrangement a witty vintage feel, the song proceeds to relate a fantasy that's both sexy and slightly nostalgic. "I took a pill and had a dream," Madonna murmurs, her voice artfully Auto-tuned. "I went back to my seventeenth year."

Madonna's reverie transports her to the Colombian mountain city where, in what some might consider the song's most dubious lyric, she and Maluma have "built a cartel just for love." The line, however, makes sense in the larger scheme of Madame X, due out June 14. The singer promises that the album will have the feel of a spy movie, giving Madonna the chance to inhabit many identities – a few she's listed on Instagram include "a teacher, a nun, a cabaret singer, a saint, a prostitute" and many more. Madonna as secret agent, assuming myriad identities but never settling into one? That's a brilliant way to deal with questions the pop superstar has faced in recent years about both cultural appropriation and her refusal to embrace her status as a mature woman and artist.

The fantasy of "Medellin" could belong to a woman of any age, race or social status. Its dreaminess makes it accessible to all without making any claims on authenticity. Grounded in a minimalist take on reggaetón's ubiquitous tresillo rhythm, "Medellin" lets Madonna lay back in the groove while giving the waggish, husky-voiced Maluma plenty of room to spin out his rhymes in Spanish. Madonna and Mirwais are clearly thinking of "Despacito" here, integrating English and Spanish seamlessly in a song meant for a global marketplace.

Intended to be a celebration of the connections among musicians across borders, Madame X features several other collaborations, some intriguing (the Brazilian singer Anitta) and others possibly a bit on the nose (Diplo, Migos). Madonna has said that the album's global perspective was inspired by her life in Portugal, where she's lived since 2017, but of course, the Latin connection has been a major aspect of her work since her earliest days. "Medellin" is, in some ways, a return to her happy place, definitively portrayed in her 1986 single "La Isla Bonita" — only this time with a woozy feel more redolent of a time when synthetic drugs and virtual realities dominate the cultural conversation. Let's hope the rest of Madame X is this playful and charming.

Madonna and Maluma take things easy on new single 'Medellin'

After years of waiting for the Queen of Pop to return with new music, Madonna fans around the world are rejoicing, as she has finally given them the first taste of her next era with new single “Medellín.”

The just-released song is tailor-made for lazy summer days by the pool, and with any luck, it could wind up being a seasonal hit. The relaxed cut has just enough energy to set the mood and keep a day party going, but it never reaches a fever pitch of excitement as other recent Madonna singles have. The singer's autotune is back in full-force as it last was in the late '90s and early '00s, somehow giving the track a nostalgic feel, at least for those who know her discography well.

“Medellín” plays like a mix between Madonna's single "La Isla Bonita" and Music tracks "Nobody's Perfect" and "Paradise (Nobody's Perfect)," which are decades apart in her discography. By bringing the two together, she bridges the divide between eras, simultaneously making something new, yet familiar, in the process.

“Medellín,” which is named after the city where Maluma was born, features the Latin superstar heavily. Instead of delivering one verse in Spanish, as is the case with so many current bilingual singles, he is all over this song, and in fact, he should have earned co-billing. Fans predicted he had a hand in Madonna’s upcoming music when a photo of the two together in the studio was shared on social media earlier this year. The two musicians confirmed their collaboration, as well as the name of the tune, earlier this week when the single cover was shared by both artists on Monday (April 15).

The Latin-tinged tune is presumed to be the first single off of Madonna’s upcoming record Madame X, a title she only revealed a few days ago as well. The full-length, which will be the superstar’s fourteenth proper studio album, doesn’t yet have a release date, but since the single is out now, it’s safe to assume more music should be coming sooner, rather than later.

 

Madonna to premiere 'Medellín' video live on MTV

Madonna fans, rejoice — a new music video from the Queen of Pop is arriving next week.

On Wednesday (April 17), MTV announced that the superstar’s new video for her track “Medellín” featuring Maluma would be premiering in a globally televised MTV music event on Wednesday, April 24. Taking place in London, the event will have Madonna and Maluma (calling in from Miami) chatting with stars like Sway Calloway and DJ Trevor Nelson about the new track.

The “Like a Virgin” singer will also be taking questions via satellite from fans in New York City, just one of the four official locations (including London, Milan and São Paulo) for fans to celebrate together. Fans who want to win an opportunity to be in one of the live audiences can find more information on Madonna’s website.

“Madonna and MTV have been intrinsically tied since their respective youths,” said Viacom’s global head of music and talent Bruce Gillmer in a statement. “As Madonna continues to rule the world, we’re thrilled to be with her once again live from our Camden studios to world premiere her incredible collaboration with Maluma, ‘Medellín.’”

The news comes just after Madonna finally revealed the title of her upcoming album, Madame X, after weeks of teasing fans with cryptic photographs and tweets. “Medellín,” her first single off of the new project, is available to stream now.

“MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: ‘Medellín’ Video World Premiere” will air Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. EST live on MTV.

Variety.com: Madonna’s ‘Medellin’

While a song that begins with a cha-cha count-in and the lyric “I took a pill” sounds like it should be a dancefloor rager, it’s actually the unexpectedly low-key return of Madonna, who today dropped “Medellin,” the first single from her forthcoming album “Madame X.” A collaboration with Colombian singer Maluma — himself a native of the country’s mountain city — and her longtime collaborator Mirwais, the song combines a sing-song melody with a reggaeton-inflected, shuffing beat; she and Maluma pair trade off flirty verses in Spanish throughout the song.

While she pronounces the city’s name correctly (“meh-deh-zheen”), to her discredit she needlessly references the city’s violent past — it was the home base of drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar — in the lyrics: “We built a cartel just for love/ Venus was hovering above us.” Visitors to the city will know that it’s one of the last things residents want to talk about (unless they’re leading one of the tourist-baiting “Narcoterrorism tours”).

The song stretches on for nearly five minutes, stretching out toward the end with an extended instrumental bit designed for some low-key dancing. While produced by Mirwais, the song recalls Madonna’s previous Latin-inflected work with producer/songwriter Diplo.

The rest of the lyrics are more impressionist and romantic, and the city is only mentioned incidentally. “I took a pill and had a dream/ I went back to my seventeenth year, allowed myself to be naive, to be someone I’ve never been,” she sings on the song’s opening verses. “I took a sip and had a dream/ And I woke up in Medellín.”

And while the song may not be the dancefloor-filling that fans might be hoping for, it’s a sultry and promising introduction to Madonna’s latest era.

Maluma breaks down in tears after hearing his new song 'Medellín' with Madonna on the radio

Maluma is living out his dreams!

The Colombian crooner was overcome with emotion after hearing his and Madonna's new collaboration, Medellín, premiere on Zane Lowe's Apple Music's Beats 1 on Wednesday. Taking to Instagram, Maluma shared a video of himself sitting in a car and breaking down in tears while listening to the new single.

"It's impossible to hold back the tears and emotion after listening to this," the 25-year-old singer wrote in Spanish. "You don't know how happy this makes me and what this means in my life…It's worth it to dream. I told you!"

Madonna, who also announced her new album earlier this week, took a moment and wrote, " Thank you ♥️?? Madame ❌," on his post.

Hoes en tracklisting van 'Madame X'

Universal Music heeft een webpagina gepubliceerd waarop het mogelijk is om Madonna's nieuwe single Medellín al te pre-saven voor Spotify en Apple Music. Als je dit doet bij Apple Music komt na het pre-saven Madonna's nieuwe album Madame X al in je Bibliotheek te staan. Inclusief hoes en complete tracklisting.

Dit is de tracklisting van de Deluxe Edition:

  1. Medellín (Madonna + Maluma) 
  2. Dark Ballet
  3. God Control
  4. Future (feat Quavo)
  5. Batuka
  6. Killers Who Are Partying
  7. Crave (feat. Swae Lee)
  8. Crazy
  9. Come Alive
  10. Extreme Occident
  11. Faz Gostoso (feat. Anitta)
  12. Bitch I’m Loca (feat. Maluma)
  13. I Don't Search I Find
  14. Looking For Mercy
  15. I Rise

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