Music Critics Addicted to “MDNA”

MDNA Deluxe Edition Album Cover

Thirty years after the start of her career, Madonna is still kicking ass. She’s a trend-setter, a master at reinvention and button-pushing and, without a doubt, the reigning Queen of Pop. Her latest studio album, “MDNA,” comes out tomorrow and judging by the critical reception, it’s one of her best works.

For album number 12, Madonna collaborated with masters of the DJ world Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi and William Orbit. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. are also featured on select tracks. The title, “MDNA,” is a fun blend of “Madonna,” “Madonna DNA,” and the technical name of the hallucinogenic drug ecstasy (MDMA). The end result: mass appeal as well as a dance-inducing, other-worldly feeling that only the 53-year-old Queen herself could master.

Music critics got the priviledge of listening to the entire album before its public release. Their verdict: It’s really, really good.

Jim Farber of NY Daily News gave the album five out of five stars:

“…much of ‘MDNA’…has more the flip zip of a disc by Katy Perry or Ke$ha than something by a woman who may be older than both their mothers. Then again, we are talking about Madonna, a woman who, at this point, seems hellbent on giving the finger to expectations about age that she once gave to assumptions about sex…the album’s greater feat has a far more subversive, if not superhuman, dimension. It finds Madonna aging in the most nose-thumbing way possible – in reverse.”

Glenn Gamboa of Newsday have the album an “A” grade:

“On half of ‘MDNA,’ Madonna, surrounded by such state-of-the-art collaborators as hot producer Martin Solveig, sounds like she is readying her last stand as the Queen of Pop, marshalling upbeat dance numbers, well-crafted enough to match anything today’s crop of pop princesses – Rihanna, Katy Perry and, of course, Lady Gaga – could muster. On the other half of ‘MDNA,’ though, Madonna, with her ‘Ray of Light’ producer William Orbit, sounds like she could easily leave pop behind to create dark, challenging EDM (electronic dance music) and work on her far-more lucrative concert tours.”

NME’s Priya Elan had nothing but praise for “MDNA” as well:

“‘MDNA’ is a ridiculously enjoyable romp, but oddly not for the bits that are supposed to be fun. Instead, it’s the psychotic, soul-bearing stuff that provides listeners with some of the most visceral stuff she’s ever done.”

Mirror UK declared that at this stage of her career, Madonna is still a “force to be reckoned with.” MTV’s Jocelyn Vena gave sound medical advice and told us “MDNA” “is a drug worth taking.” Way ahead of you, Ms. Vena. I’m buying the deluxe edition tomorrow. 😀

 

“Girl Gone Wild” – **warning – this is the uncensored version of the music video**

 

 

 

“Give Me All Your Luvin'”

 

 

 

Track Listing

  1. Girl Gone Wild
  2. Gang Bang (excluded from clean version)
  3. I’m Addicted
  4. Turn Up the Radio
  5. Give Me All Your Luvin’ (ft. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
  6. Some Girls
  7. Superstar
  8. I Don’t Give A (ft. Nicki Minaj)
  9. I’m a Sinner
  10. Love Spent
  11. Masterpiece
  12. Falling Free
  13. Beautiful Killer (Deluxe Edition only)
  14. I F***ed Up (Deluxe Edition only)
  15. B-Day Song (ft. M.I.A.) (Deluxe Edition only)
  16. Best Friend (Deluxe Edition only)
  17. Give Me All Your Luvin’ (Party Rock Remix) (ft. LMFAO and Nicki Minaj) (Deluxe Edition only)
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The Original “Girl Gone Wild”

As the anticipation and excitement for Madonna’s newest album builds, the Queen of Pop has been releasing snippets of songs on the new album. A couple of days ago, she released a steamy new video. The video, “Girl Gone Wild,” seems to be an homage to her earlier, “controversial” days in the early 1990s. It’s like a modern-day mash-up of her music videos “Express Yourself,” “Vogue,” “Justify My Love,” “Erotica,” and “Human Nature.” It’s sexy. It’s crazy. It’s vintage Madonna 2012. We love it. 🙂

 

*WARNING: This is the uncensored version of the video…

 

 

**Oh, and for those who say it’s a copy of Lady GaGa’s “Alejandro,” you don’t really know what you’re talking about. Madonna did the gender-bending-guys-in-heels thing first (1991’s “Justify My Love”). 😉

More Previews of MDNA

Madonna’s upcoming album, MDNA, comes out in less than three weeks…and from the songs and previews we’ve heard and seen, it’s going to be amazing. The Queen is back and she’s more bad-ass than ever.

Click here to preview the track “I’m Addicted.” Apparently, Perez Hilton got the chance to hear the album and will be previewing a few songs over the next few weeks. Um, “insanely jealous” doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about that… 😛

Last week, the track “Girl Gone Wild” came out, first as a lyrics video on VEVO and then as a single on iTunes. Listen to the opening track (first on the album) below…it’ll make you “feel like sinnin'” 😉   *I love that it’s reminiscent of her 10th album, Confessions on a Dance Floor

The video for the first single, “Give Me All Your Luvin'” (released February 3rd)…

**Update: On March 7 (the day after I posted this), snippets of “I’m Addicted” and “Love Spent” were posted to Madonna’s official YouTube channel.

“I’m Addicted”

“Love Spent”

**March 9 Update: Previews of “Gang Bang” and the video for “Girl Gone Wild.” This album is going to be epic 😀

“Gang Bang”

preview of the music video for “Girl Gone Wild” – it looks like “Erotica” meets “Human Nature” 2012 – love it! 😀

 

**March 13 Update…

Preview of the track “Superstar”

 

**March 14 Update…

Preview of the track “Falling Free”

“Give Me All Your Luvin'”

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the highly anticipated, amazing new video from the reigning Queen of Pop…

 

 

I love the references to old Hollywood greats and her own videos. Plus, the football/cheerleader theme is perfectly timed for the Super Bowl. “L-U-V MADONNA! Y-O-U YOU WANNA?!” 😀

Track List for MDNA Officially Released

With only hours to go until Madonna’s new album, MDNA, is available for pre-order on iTunes, Madonna.com finally revealed the track listing of the highly anticipated album:

  1. Girls Gone Wild
  2. Gang Bang
  3. I’m Addicted
  4. Some Girls
  5. I Don’t Give A
  6. Turn Up the Radio
  7. Give Me All Your Luvin’
  8. B-day Song
  9. Superstar
  10. I’m A Sinner
  11. Masterpiece
  12. Falling Free
  13. Love Spent
  14. I Fucked Up
  15. Beautiful Killer

Madonna.com also had this to say:

“The ‘MDNA’ era is here, so get ready for more exclusive news and announcements!”

**weeks after this post was made, MDNA was altered. Here’s the new arrangement, including the different versions of the upcoming album, as of March 5, 2012…

There will be five versions of the much-anticipated album: The standard explicit 12 track version, standard edited 11 track version, deluxe explicit 17 track version, deluxe edited 16 track version and the deluxe Super Bowl explicit 18 track edition. The edited deluxe edition will only be available in physical (CD) form and the Super Bowl version only in digital form.

  1. Girl Gone Wild
  2. Gang Bang [explicit]
  3. I’m Addicted
  4. Turn Up The Radio
  5. Give Me All Your Luvin’ (ft. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)
  6. Some Girls
  7. Superstar
  8. I Don’t Give A (ft. Nicki Minaj) [explicit]
  9. I’m A Sinner
  10. Love Spent
  11. Masterpiece
  12. Falling Free
  13. Beautiful Killer – Deluxe Edition only
  14. I Fucked Up [explicit] – Deluxe *explicit* and Super Bowl Editions only
  15. B-Day Song (ft. M.I.A.) – Deluxe Edition only
  16. Best Friend – Deluxe Edition only
  17. Give Me All Your Luvin’ (LMFAO Remix) (ft. Nicki Minaj and LMFAO) – Deluxe Edition only
  18. Give Me All Your Luvin’ (Laidback Luke Remix) – Deluxe *edited* Edition only
  19. Love Spent (Acoustic Version) – Super Bowl Edition only

MDNA Deluxe Edition album cover

MDNA Standard Edition album cover

Album Cover of MDNA is Here!

The amazing album cover to Madonna’s upcoming 12th studio album, MDNA, has been released. 😀

MDNA

As I mentioned in my previous post, iTunes will offer an exclusive 18-track deluxe edition pre-order on Friday (February 3rd) when “Give Me All Your Luvin'” is released. For a few days only, the entire deluxe edition will be $9.99. I was so happy when I saw this on the iTunes store…

iTunes Countdown To Pre-Order of MDNA

 

Official Cover Art for “Give Me All Your Luvin'” & More!

Official Cover Art for "Give Me All Your Luvin'"

To observers of the Chinese New Year, it’s the Year of the Dragon. To gullible saps, it’s the end of the world. To the world of pop culture, it’s the Year of Madonna. Twenty-twelve is shaping to be one of the biggest years in the Queen of Pop’s 29-year career.

The first single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” is due out this Friday (February 3rd). Nicki “Superbass” Minaj and M.I.A. are featured in Madonna’s first new single since 2009’s “Revolver” and the first new studio album material since 2008’s Hard Candy. The tour de force, cheerleader themed, Super-Bowl-inspired, single combines the creative talents of the Queen herself, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Martin Solveig. She’s opening the Super Bowl halftime with the song on February 5th in what will be her first halftime show ever. In case you heard the demo that leaked last year (under the title “Give Me All Your Love”), this will obviously be the completed, improved, polished version…not that the demo wasn’t awesome too…

We can also expect a world tour later this year from the top-selling female artist of all time.

 

 

iTunes will release the single and offer a limited-time pre-order of the 18-track deluxe edition of the new album for $9.99 on February 3rd. Album number 12 will also include the Golden Globe Award-winning song “Masterpiece,” written for her second film “W.E.”

 

 

American Idol is scheduled to air a preview of the new music video on Thursday, February 2nd. This will be the only redeeming value of America’s most annoying reality show to come along since the show began a decade ago…I say this because I’ll actually be tuning in….just for the preview of the anticipated video.

Ok, Madonna fans and everyone else who has a pulse, Interscope revealed the release date of “MDNA,” Madonna’s 12th studio album – March 26. I’ll definitely be buying the deluxe edition…and not on iTunes: I’m going old school and buying the physical album (probably at Target or Best Buy). Expect my album review to follow shortly after. 😉