Mert Alas, one half of the fashion photography pair Mert + Marcus and a frequent Madonna collaborator, caused quite the online kerfuffle by posting a photo of Madge on Instagram on Monday (Apr. 21) with a caption in which he claimed to be "listening to the new album."
"In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT… @madonna."
Could the follow-up to 2012's MDNA be upon us? A rep for Madonna has declined a request for comment, but sources tell Billboard that the pop superstar's next full-length is not yet completed, and that she is still writing and recording new music for the set, presumably in Los Angeles.
Last month, Madonna told her Instagram followers that she was "on my way to the studio to work with Avicii," and hit the studio earlier this month to work with Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum. Toby Gad, S1 and MoZella are also attached to the new project.
MDNA debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its March 2012 release. Mert + Marcus directed the music video for the album's second single, Girl Gone Wild, and shot the MDNA tour book for Madge.
U2 have been named among a trio of iconic acts guaranteed to fill American stadiums by Rolling Stone.
The supergroup, along with Madonna and rock legends The Rolling Stones, were branded “sure-thing megastars” by the music bible.
While in-demand young stars like Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Rihanna are all playing across North America this summer, they are not deemed to have the same iconic status as the three acts.
Bon Jovi, who headlined Slane last year, were also given similar status along with country star Taylor Swift.
U2 confirmed their pulling power with their epic 360 Tour which broke The Rolling Stones's record to become the highest- grossing and most widely- attended tour of all time in 2011 with over €500m in ticket sales and over 7m concert goers.
“For the first time since 2007, U2, Madonna, and the Rolling Stones are all sitting out touring the US and with Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift also off the road, the concert business will have to get by this summer without a sure- thing megastar,” reports Rolling Stone.
In a new Instagram, Madonna is seen in the studio with three other songwriters.
"Having an Iconic Moment in the studio with Toby-Mozilla and S1. My throat hurts from singing laughing and crying. #artdorfeedom"
The songwriters she mentions are in fact: Toby Gad, a German songwriter known for co-writing Fergie's 'Big Girls Don't Cry' and Beyonce's 'If I Were A Boy'; MoZella, an American songwriter from Detroit who co-wrote Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball'; and S1 aka Symbolyc One, an American music producer who has worked with a range of artists including Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Babyface.
A few days ago, Madonna posted another picture of her and Natalia Kills.
"A word of advice.....,,,,,Trust No Bitch! Except us! #holy water #rebelheart #artforfreedom"
The tag #rebelheart is being used for almost every post now, which gives the impression it might be a song title or perhaps even the album title. #holy water and the words Trust No Bitch are recurring as well, which might mean they're song titles or parts of song lyrics.
Another Instagram, showing daughter Mercy riding a horse, carries another odd comment that might actually be a lyric:
"Without Collection there can be no Impulsion! #rebelheart"
Finally, Madonna has posted some gorgeous shots, two in which she's posing on a motorcycle.
Madonna dropped in at BuzzFeed's New York offices Monday evening and commandeered one of their computers to comment on submissions to ArtForFreedom, a “platform to define what freedom means to them and to allow them to express their right for freedom of expression.”
Earlier in the month, she called upon the BuzzFeed community to share with her their “artistic expressions of freedom.” She sat at a desk and commented on various submissions.
Here are a few of her comments :
this one is my favorite. we waste far too much time trying to conform to what society expects us to look like. In fact the body is temporary and its kind of amazing how much time we waste on something that is impermanent.
don't quit your day job. however its a very good point. people don't know how to listen its a lost artform. mostly because everyone is on their phone.
in some societies it is a crime to be a woman…women are still treated like second class citizens in many parts of the world. Hopefully that will end one day soon. I love this art, its really good.
i love the idea of family, but i'm worried about everyone's health.
Madonna's in the studio with Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum.
The Queen of Pop shared an image on Instagram late in the evening on Wednesday (April 9) with the caption "Working the midnight shift with Natalia Kills. 2 girls on a couch… don't it taste like Holy Water? #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove"
In the photo, Madonna is sitting with pop singer/songwriter Kills, in front of two microphones. In the foreground is Martin Kierszenbaum, the founder and chairman of Cherrytree Records (Kills' label) and senior executive of A&R for Interscope Records.
Among his many credits, Kierszenbaum A&R'd Lady Gaga's debut album "The Fame," and co-wrote and produced four of the songs on the set. He also did A&R for Gaga's "The Fame Monster" EP.
Madonna's next studio album will be released on Interscope Records.
Her collaboration with Kills comes shortly after Madonna confirmed that she had worked with DJ/producer Avicii in March. On March 12, she posted a photo of her and the EDM superstar to Instagram, saying: "The End of a long week with Viking Leader AKA DJ Virgo AKA Avicii! So many great songs! #icantwait #revolution"
Back in February, Madonna said that "plans" were "in the works already" for a new album. That followed a comment by her manager Guy Oseary, in January, where he said that Madonna was "eager to get started" on her next album.
Madonna's forthcoming set will be the follow-up to 2012's MDNA. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold 536,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
A new Instagram shows Madonna in the studio with English singer-songwriter Natalia Kills. In the picture, both girls are sitting on a couch, looking at a book (lyrics?), while a guy on keyboards looks on.
The comment contains the now well-known tag #rebelheart, and Madonna writes the words "Holy Water" with capital letters, as if she's hinting at a song title.
The 27-year old Natalia Kills, who is signed to will.i.am's record label, is mostly known for her electro-pop and dance music. She previously played as support act for Kesha, The Black Eyed Peas and Katy Perry. Two tracks from her album Perfectionist, “Free” feat. will.i.am, and “Mirrors,” went Top 10 in Europe.
Thousands of dollars in pricey lingerie was stolen from a racy Madonna photo shoot last month at the Highline Stages, according to the NYPD and a designer's representative.
As the Queen of Pop posed in sexy underwear for L'uomo Vogue, the magazine's Italian version for men, staff for designer Deborah Marquit stowed 12 Italian lace bras worth $2,545, five thongs worth $345 and four briefs worth $515 under a chair about 4 p.m. March 20, they told police.
Hours later, as the shoot at 440 W. 15th St. wrapped up just after midnight, a staffer noticed the bag had disappeared, police said.
"It was a Madonna shoot for L'uomo Mag and It would be ideal is if [sic] someone found the bag of lingerie," a spokesperson for the company wrote in an email. "Deborah would love to get her collection pieces returned."
Madonna posted photos from the shoot to her Instagram account, identifying some of the clothes as Armani.
"Working Armani For. L'Uomo Vogue! #artforfreedom," she wrote.
Marquit's bras have appeared in magazines like Cosmopolitan and Vogue and have been worn by celebrities including Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Hilary Swank, according to the company's website.
"I am at a loss and wish the pieces would be found," Maquit wrote in an email. "I am sure there is no one from the shoot that was involved, since nothing like this has ever happened before. There are alot of people on shoots and maybe whoever found them will return them."
A spokeswoman for Madonna did not respond to a request for comment.↑ Back to top of page