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 (Not For Me), 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.