After weeks of mysterious social media promotion, Madonna has finally released a trailer for her new album – which we now know will be called Madame X and will see the pop superstar take on a whole new persona.
“Madame X is a secret agent, travelling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places,” Madonna says in the video. “Madame X is a dancer, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a mother, a child, a teacher, a nun, a singer, a saint, a whore, and a spy in the house of love.”
The variety of the character certainly comes across in the video, which sees the singer serving a series of different looks in black and blonde hair. For a fourteenth album, Madame X looks set to display a wealth of new ideas.
In an interview with Vogue Italia last year, Madonna spoke about the cultural influences behind her new music. She described the inspiration she gained from living in Lisbon, Portugal, saying “I’ve just met lots of really amazing musicians, and I’ve ended up working with a lot of these musicians on my new record, so Lisbon has influenced my music and my work. How could it not? I don’t see how I could have gone through that year without being informed by all this input of culture.”
She added “It’s also such a nice antidote to what’s going on in the music business now where everything’s so formulaic, and every song has 20 guest artists on it, and everyone sounds the same. Something’s gotta give.”
Whether Madame X will truly bring light to dark places is something we have yet to find out. Madonna has courted controversy this year by agreeing to perform at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel – despite widespread calls for performers and fans to boycott this year’s contest in protest against Israeli human rights abuses.
The singer is set to perform an established hit alongside a new track – possibly one from her new album – which has reportedly caused conflict with the contest’s producers because of its political message.
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