Last week saw Madonna return with “Medellín”, her first single in four years. Today, the pop icon premiere the track’s official music video. Madonna Gives New Album, Madame X.
Madonna premiere the video for “Medellín,” her latest single with Colombian pop darling Maluma, on Wednesday via live telecast on MTV. This is her first new single since 2015’s “Iconic,” featuring Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson.
It’s only fitting that she chose to premiere the clip on the network. Her lifeline over the course of her nearly four-decade pop career — which was followed by an interview with Trevor Nelson at MTV Studios in London. Madonna Gives New Album, Madame X.
Disappointment and Betrayal
The video begins with a chilling monologue from Madonna, who genuflects inside a chapel, clutching a rosary. “How could I trust anyone after years of disappointment and betrayal?” she whispers.
“I will never be what society expects me to be,” she whispers. “I have seen too much, I cannot turn back, I have been kidnapped, tortured, humiliated and abused. But I still have hope. I still believe in the goodness of humans. Thank god for nature. For the angels that surround me. For the spirit of my mother, who is always protecting. From now on, I am Madame X. And Madame X loves to dance… Because you cannot hit a moving target.”
Cut to Madonna’s Madame X — a raven-hair dance teacher-turned-domme who is promptly swept off her feet by her student, play by a smirking Maluma. The two begin a steamy, champagne-addled romance, culminating in a rowdy outdoor wedding that could rival Carnaval. (Madge goes back to blonde in time for the festivities.) “We built a cartel just for love,” she sings, “Venus was hovering above us,” while Maluma purrs, “My queen” in Spanish.
Madonna explain on MTV
“I wanted this video to look like a painting,” Madonna explain on the MTV broadcast. She recruits two directors from Barcelona, Diana Kunst, and Mao Morocco, who has most recently produced videos for Spanish pop star Rosalía. “[Kunst] is influenced by a lot of the same painters and filmmakers that I’m interested in,” said Madonna, who cited inspiration from Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington.
Maluma will appear on another song on Madame X, titled “Bitch I’m Loca.” The record produces and co-written by French collaborator Mirwais Ahmadzaï, who had previously produced 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor and 2000’s Music.
“I wasn’t sure if he was gonna like the direction I wanted to go in,” says Madonna. “I sent him some Portuguese guitar that I had sampled from a living room session. And I said, “What do you think you can do with this?” He wrote me back a couple of days later … he already added an 808, gave it a beat, cut it up and turned it into something amazing.”
Madge and Maluma will take the stage at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards to perform “Medellín” live for the first time. Airing on national television May 1st. This will be Madonna’s first performance of new music in over four years. She last appears at the Billboard Music Awards in 2016, where she paid tribute to the late Prince.
Madonna might be one of the most famous women in the world but even she struggles from loneliness sometimes. The Like A Virgin singer reveals that her new album. Madame X was born out of her being ‘depress’ and alone while living in Lisbon last year.
The 60-year-old pop star is preparing for the release of her 14th studio album this summer. And premier the music video for her new single, Medellin, alongside Latin star Maluma on Wednesday. News of Madonna’s new music came as a surprise to fans. And it seems even the singer herself never intend for it to happen. According to Madge, she turned to music again in 2018. While living in Lisbon for her son’s football ambitions.
Speaking to Trevor Nelson at MTV in London last night. Madonna explains: ‘I didn’t go to Lisbon to make a record, that was the last thing on my mind. ‘I went to Lisbon because my son wants to be a professional soccer player. And he wasn’t going to have the highest level of training in America.’ Describing herself as a ‘soccer mum’, Madonna continued: ‘So I went to Lisbon to be a soccer mum. That’s the last thing you’d expect from a controversial gal like myself.
‘I thought it was going to be super fun and adventurous. But then I found myself just going to school and picking up kids and going to soccer matches and really being Netty No Mates, and I got a little bit to depress.’
Name Madame X
She added: ‘So I thought I’ve got to make friends and meet people.’ Madge, we were only a phone call away. During the live-stream event, the Vogue singer reveals the origins of the Madame X persona and hark back to her teen years. Madonna Gives New Album, Madame X.
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Responding to a fan question, Madonna said: ‘What I mean by that line is naïve in terms of not caring what people think. I feel like when I started my career, as an artist, I was naïve.
‘There was a good thing about being naïve because you don’t think about judgment, you don’t think about what people are going to say, or think about what you’re doing, and you’re free and pure in your expression.’
She continues: ‘I wanted to be able to go back to that time in my life when I was just starting out in New York. And I didn’t care what people thought and my music really came without listening to all the noise or recommendations or suggestions, or whatever.
‘That is also the time in my life when I was 19 when I was given the name Madame X. So the whole story comes full circle. Madame X is back to her roots, okay? She doesn’t care. Zero you-know-whats.’
The Medellin music video sees Madonna and Maluma embroil in a love affair that takes them on a trip to the Wild West before getting marry.
Maluma released his latest album, F.A.M.E., in May 2018. His next record is called 11:11.