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. 😉

 

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“Judas” – Like a Prayer 2.0

In 1989, Madonna received scorn from the Vatican and various religious groups after she debuted the music video for her song Like a Prayer. The video featured Madonna kissing a black saint, dancing in a field of burning crosses (symbolizing her refusal to be intimidated by racism) and stigmata. The lyrics were rather tame, however. If it had not been for the controversial video, I doubt anyone would have complained.

Chorus to Like a Prayer

When you call my name it’s like a little prayer

I’m down on my knees I want to take you there

In the midnight hour I can feel your power

Just like a prayer you know I’ll take you there

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Fast-forward 22 years. On April 15, 2011, Lady GaGa released the second single from her third studio album Born This Way. Titled Judas, the song is about a “bad boy.” According to the lyrics, Judas (yes, THAT Judas from the New Testament of the Christian Bible) is a guy that she just can’t get over. GaGa uses elements from the story of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas Iscariot to essentially say that the guy she loves is a back-stabbing betrayer.

Verse from Judas

When he comes to me I am ready

I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs

Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain

Even after three times, he betrays me

Official cover for Lady GaGa

Some in the religious community have taken offense to the song (even though the video hasn’t even come out yet). Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League, had harsh words for the superstar. “This is a stunt… Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general… She has now morphed into a caricature of herself…” It should be noted that GaGa is Catholic (as was Madonna when she made Like a Prayer). Before any more self-righteous zealots claim she’s just doing this to shock, they should hear what she has to say about it….and actually listen to the song before making a judgement. GaGa had this to say to the Hollywood Reporter:

“It went through several changes and late-night debates because at one point, there were two completely different views and I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightning to strike me! I believe in the gospel and I’m not going there.’ And it was amazing because to have that conversation about salvation, peace and the search for the truth in a room of non-believers and believers, to me, that was saying God is active in a big way. And the place that it came to is surreal. We don’t touch on things that we have no right touching upon, but the inspiration and the soul and idea that out of your oppression, your darkness, your Judas, you can come into the marvelous light. So it’s about the inspiration and to never give up… We’ve created a new Jerusalem.

Listen to the “controversial” song: