In a conversation with Sickick on one of her Insta stories, Madonna has revealed she wants to perform at this year's Pride in New York City. She invited Sickick to join her to perform the new Frozen On Fire. She would also bring Vogue.
Madonna is the queen of reinventing herself — but that doesn't mean she wants to leave her old classics behind.
On Thursday, the music icon, 63, released "Frozen on Fire," a remix of her 1998 hit "Frozen," with the artist Sickick. The remix — which features fresh vocals from Madonna and verses sung by Sickick — is the fourth iteration of "Frozen" to be made since the DJ first reinvented the song in 2021.
"I think what's special about this version is that Sickick is singing on it," Madonna tells PEOPLE. "I didn't actually think of him as a singer or a musician or a songwriter or anything. I thought of him as a DJ. So, when it was presented to me that he wanted to do his version, I was kind of skeptical at first. But then when I heard it, I was blown away by his musicianship, by his sense of musicality, by his melody, his singing, everything."
"When I ended up going in the studio with him and recording with him, I thought, 'This makes perfect sense to end with him because he started it, the remix,'" she continues. "He has a fantastic voice. When I first heard it, I thought it was The Weeknd."
Madonna first came across Sickick's 2021 remix of "Frozen" when people started making videos to it on TikTok.
"I was like, 'Hey, wait a minute. What is this? This is my song,'" she recalls. "It all happened by divine inspiration, I guess, because then once I heard them, I wanted to make more of them and do new versions of them that had different people singing on them and doing their take on it."
Since the initial remix, which has soundtracked nearly one million TikTok videos to date, Madonna and Sickick have released a version of the track with Nigerian singer Fireboy DML in March and a version with New Jersey's 070 Shake in April.
As to whether she could've imagined "Frozen" would be as popular as ever more than two decades after its original release, Madonna says, "I had absolutely no idea, but I'm pleasantly surprised!"
"It's fantastic," she says. "The original song is great. The video is great and what's happening with it now is great. Like I said, I feel like it's come full circle and it has a new life and it has a new kind of relevancy."
Given that TikTok is now a huge force in driving streaming and sales numbers, Madonna says she's learned to adjust to the trend.
"I come from the world [where you] spend years working on a record and releasing, and it goes in cycles," she says. "So you put a record out every three years or something like that, and it's an enormous amount of work. There's good sides and bad sides of TikTok. You know? But to me, the good side is that you don't have to wait so long to release something."
"You can put something out and you can have an audience instantly and you can get feedback instantly and you don't need a whole huge marketing machine," she adds. "You get people telling you right away whether something's working or not. So it's great to have a new way to get music out."
"Frozen on Fire" is just the start of what's to come for Madonna in 2022. On Aug. 19, she plans to release Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones, a 50-track remix collection that explores her dominance on the Billboard Dance Club chart for more than 40 years. (A 16-track version of the album is due out June 24.)
To put together the project, "I had to listen to a lot of remixes and take a trip down memory lane," she says. "I was also reminded of how different production was then than it is now, with real drums and analog production technology, to now digital technology. Everything's done in Logic or Pro Tools on a computer. You don't even have to be in a recording studio."
"So from where I started, making music in my apartment on the Lower East Side, and then having to go to a recording studio to record it, to where I am now and how I've been working, it was a good lesson on how music has changed and the way we make music has changed, the way we listen to music has changed," she continues. "It was kind of historical education, listening to my own remixes."
When she looks back on her musical catalog, Madonna says she has moments where she's "astonished" at all the work that went into her career.
"I remember things and I remember moments in time of where I was when I made that record and what producer was I working with and what studio was I in and what city was I in and what was going on in my life," she says. "I mean, I've been very blessed to have the career that I've had, so it's nice to be able to look back at my catalog of music and have that experience."
Just three days after Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones' release, Madonna will celebrate her birthday on Aug. 19. In honor of turning 64, she plans to host an extravaganza just as special as last year's celebration in Italy.
"I always have to do something special and unique on my birthday and go somewhere that I've never been before and create a magical experience, not only for myself and my children, but for my friends," she says. "So I'm still hashing that one out. It's between two places, but I don't want to say where because I don't want to jinx myself — and I also don't want everybody to go there and get a hotel room!"
Though the plans are under wraps for now, Madonna promises that like with so much of her career, "I'll take everyone on the journey with me."
Madonna and Sickick have released yet another version of the Frozen remix, titled . This version uses the vocals by Sickick himself (as he released on his Youtube in December last year) but also one verse with new vocals by Madonna herself.
In just about a month and a half, Madonna has gone from initially entering the blockchain by purchasing her first ever NFT (non-fungible token), to becoming one herself. The singer is truly embracing the future, partnering with famed digital artist Mike Winkelmann AKA Beeple, to create three digitally rendered videos featuring the singer, which will be auctioned off on Wednesday, with all proceeds going to charity.
Beeple and Madonna have been working on the project—called Mother of Creation—for a year, and they now have three one-minute videos to show for it. Each work represents "a different form of birth in our contemporary world," according to the website. There's the "Mother of Nature," a video showing Madonna's avatar on a surgical table, legs spread as a tree grows out of her. While leaves and flowers bloom, Madonna reads a new poem, written for the project. "My journey through life as a woman is like that of a tree," she says. "Starting from a small seed, always pushing against the resistance of the earth."
Next, is the "Mother of Evolution," which shows butterflies coming out of the singer, representing a "sign of hope." This time, the avatar is placed in a post-apocalyptic scene as Madonna reads lyrics from her song, "Justify My Love" in the background. The series is rounded out by "Mother of Technology," which illustrates centipede robots crawling out of Madonna as she lays in a forest, "depicting the way science can also give birth light into the world, but only if used with the right consciousness."
"It's been an amazing journey building this together from an intellectual idea to an emotional story, giving birth to art," Madonna said in a statement. "I wanted to investigate the concept of creation, not only the way a child enters the world through a woman's vagina, but also the way an artist gives birth to creativity."
The triptych will be put up for auction on May 11th through the online, NFT marketplace SuperRare. All the proceeds from the sale will go toward three charities, the Voices of Children Foundation, helping women and children affected by the war in the Ukraine; the City of Joy Foundation, supporting victims of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Black Mama's Bail Out, providing bail for incarcerated caregivers. In addition, Moonpay, a crypto platform that helped with the project, will be donating $100,000 to each charity.
Back in March, Madonna announced her entrance into the Metaverse on Twitter when she purchased her first NFT, a Bored Ape, probably the most recognizable of the tokens. According to the NFT platform OpenSea, the singer purchased the piece for 180 ether, about $560,000 at the time.
As for Beeple, he knows his way around the NFT game by now. The artist initially gained popularity for his project, "Everydays." For 15 years, Beeple has been creating a new image everyday and sharing it online. Some of the works were even featured on pieces in Nicolas Ghesquière's spring/summer 2019 ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton. Then, in March 2021, a collage of the first 5000 "Everydays" sold in a Christie's auction for $69.3 million. It was the first purely digital NFT to be sold by the auction house, and the sale price was the third-highest achieved for a living artist, behind only Jeff Koons and David Hockney. Now, with Madonna's full participation, and Beeple as her guide, NFTs' continuing push into pop culture just got even more powerful.
Madonna made history once again when she topped the Dance Club Songs chart for the 50th time, making her the first and only recording artist to have 50 #1 hits on any single Billboard chart.
To celebrate this historic milestone, Madonna curated two new collections: FINALLY ENOUGH LOVE: 50 NUMBER ONES, a new 50-track collection that includes her favorite remixes of those chart-topping dance hits that have filled clubs worldwide for four decades, and an abridged 16-track version, simply titled FINALLY ENOUGH LOVE.
These new collections will mark the first album releases to be part of the newly announced partnership between Madonna and Warner Music Group, which will feature an extensive series of catalog releases across her groundbreaking career.
50 NUMBER ONES spans her entire dance club chart reign with dozens of remixes by the world's top producers. In addition to fan favorites, the collection also includes a selection of rare remix recordings, with more than 20 being officially released for the first time or making their commercial/digital debut. The collection will be available digitally on August 19, along with a 3-CD ($29.98) version. A limited edition, 6-LP version on red and black vinyl ($149.98) will also be available, exclusively at Madonna's official store and Rhino.com. Pre-order now.
The 16-track version, FINALLY ENOUGH LOVE, will be available for streaming on June 24, with 1-CD ($14.98) and 180-gram 2-LP ($34.98) versions coming on August 19. Pre-order and Pre-save now.
As a first listen to these collections, the "You Can Dance Remix Edit" of "Into The Groove" is available today digitally for the first time. Listen Now.
Boasting more than 220 minutes of remixes, FINALLY ENOUGH LOVE: 50 NUMBER ONES flows in mostly chronological order, showcasing the many musical reinventions that made Madonna an international icon, from 1983's "Holiday" to 2019's "I Don't Search I Find," with remixes by some of the biggest and most influential DJs of all time including Shep Pettibone, William Orbit, Honey Dijon, and Avicii.
On several songs, Madonna is joined by other incredible artists, including Britney Spears ("Me Against The Music"); Justin Timberlake and Timbaland ("4 Minutes"); and Nicki Minaj ("Bitch I'm Madonna.") Each remix was newly remastered for the collection by Mike Dean, who produced Madonna's two most-recent studio albums, Rebel Heart (2015) and Madame X (2019).
Both of these new collections also highlight You Can Dance, Madonna's first ever remix collection. Celebrating 35 years this year, You Can Dance has sold more than five million copies worldwide and is still the second best-selling remix album of all time. The collection also pays homage to "Everybody," Madonna's first single, celebrating its 40th Anniversary on October 6. Madonna redesigned the album's chronology by picking three edits from You Can Dance, including "Into The Groove", "Everybody" and "Physical Attraction," which reflects the underground club vibes that inspired her first recordings as a Sire artist.
Along with those rarities, these albums also introduce versions that are seeing their first ever official release, including the "Alternate Single Remix" of "Keep It Together," the "Offer Nissim Promo Mix" of "Living For Love," and more.
In advance of the debut of FINALLY ENOUGH LOVE in June, one of the 50 chart toppers – "Causing A Commotion" – was spotlighted early as an exclusive release for this year's Record Store Day on April 23. Three remixes of the track appeared on the limited edition, five-track, red vinyl 12" EP Who's That Girl Super Club Mix.
Expect more surprises to be revealed later this year around the celebration of Madonna's 40 years in music.
FINALLY ENOUGH LOVE
Streaming June 24
1-CD, 2-LP & Digital Download Versions Out August 19
1. "Everybody" (You Can Dance Remix Edit) +#
2. "Into The Groove" (You Can Dance Remix Edit) +#
3. "Like A Prayer" (Remix/Edit)
4. "Express Yourself" (Remix/Edit)
5. "Vogue" (Single Version) +
6. "Deeper And Deeper" (David's Radio Edit) +#
7. "Secret" (Junior's Luscious Single Mix)
8. "Frozen" (Extended Club Mix Edit)
9. "Music" (Deep Dish Dot Com Radio Edit)
10. "Hollywood" (Calderone & Quayle Edit) +#
11. "Hung Up" (SDP Extended Vocal Edit)
12. "Give It 2 Me" (Eddie Amador Club 5 Edit) °+
13. "Girl Gone Wild" (Avicii's UMF Mix)
14. "Living For Love" (Offer Nissim Promo Mix) *+
15. "Medellín" (Offer Nissim Madame X In The Sphinx Mix) – Madonna and Maluma
16. "I Don't Search I Find" (Honey Dijon Radio Mix)
FINALLY ENOUGH LOVE: 50 NUMBER ONES
3-CD, 6-LP, Streaming & Digital Download Versions Out August 19
1. "Holiday" (7" Version) +
2. "Like A Virgin" (7" Version)
3. "Material Girl" (7" Version)
4. "Into The Groove" (You Can Dance Remix Edit) +#
5. "Open Your Heart" (Video Version) +
6. "Physical Attraction" (You Can Dance Remix Edit) +#
7. "Everybody" (You Can Dance Remix Edit) +#
8. "Like A Prayer" (Remix/Edit)
9. "Express Yourself" (Remix/Edit)
10. "Keep It Together" (Alternate Single Remix) *+
11. "Vogue" (Single Version) +
12. "Justify My Love" (Orbit Edit)
13. "Erotica" (Underground Club Mix)
14. "Deeper And Deeper" (David's Radio Edit) +#
15. "Fever" (Radio Edit) +
16. "Secret" (Junior's Luscious Single Mix)
17. "Bedtime Story" (Junior's Single Mix)
18. "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" (Miami Mix Edit)
19. "Frozen" (Extended Club Mix Edit)
20. "Ray Of Light" (Sasha Ultra Violet Mix Edit) +#
21. "Nothing Really Matters" (Club 69 Radio Mix) +
22. "Beautiful Stranger" (Calderone Radio Mix)
23. "American Pie" (Richard 'Humpty' Vission Radio Mix)
24. "Music" (Deep Dish Dot Com Radio Edit)
25. "Don't Tell Me" (Thunderpuss Video Remix) +#
26. "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (Above And Beyond Club Radio Edit)
27. "Impressive Instant" (Peter Rauhofer's Universal Radio Mixshow Mix) +#
28. "Die Another Day" (Deepsky Radio Edit) +#
29. "American Life" (Felix Da Housecat's Devin Dazzle Edit) *+
30. "Hollywood" (Calderone & Quayle Edit) +#
31. "Me Against The Music" (Peter Rauhofer Radio Mix) + – Britney Spears feat. Madonna
32. "Nothing Fails" (Tracy Young's Underground Radio Edit) *+
33. "Love Profusion" (Ralphi Rosario House Vocal Edit) +#
34. "Hung Up" (SDP Extended Vocal Edit)
35. "Sorry" (PSB Maxi Mix Edit) +#
36. "Get Together" (Jacques Lu Cont Vocal Edit) +
37. "Jump" (Axwell Remix Edit)
38. "4 Minutes" (Bob Sinclar Space Funk Edit) + – feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
39. "Give It 2 Me" (Eddie Amador Club 5 Edit) +#
40. "Celebration" (Benny Benassi Remix Edit)
41. "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (Party Rock Remix) – feat. LMFAO & Nicki Minaj
42. "Girl Gone Wild" (Avicii's UMF Mix)
43. "Turn Up The Radio" (Offer Nissim Remix Edit) *+#
44. "Living For Love" (Offer Nissim Promo Mix) *+
45. "Ghosttown" (Dirty Pop Intro Remix)
46. "Bitch I'm Madonna" (Sander Kleinenberg Video Edit) +# – feat. Nicki Minaj
47. "Medellín" (Offer Nissim Madame X In The Sphinx Mix) – Madonna and Maluma
48. "I Rise" (Tracy Young's Pride Intro Radio Remix)
49. "Crave" (Tracy Young Dangerous Remix) - feat. Swae Lee
50. "I Don't Search I Find" (Honey Dijon Radio Mix)
* previously unreleased
+available digitally for the first time
# available commercially for the first time
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