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Madame X marks the reunion between Madonna and Mirwais, the latter being behind the wheel for 7 of the 13 tracks on the album. Daniel Darc's former colleague from Taxi Girl had already worked on several projects, such as the albums Music in 2000 and American Life in 2003. His role here is to take the delirious musical experimentation to new extremes, all the while keeping in line with Madonna's melodic pop style. The most obvious example of Mirwais’ musical madness is Dark Ballet, a song inspired by Joan of Arc that features a long synthetic-baroque arrangement à la Wendy Carlos as well as a mischievous monologue by Madonna that’s told from the point of view of the Maid of Orléans. Maintaining a style that’s both playful and totally insane, the lively disco strings on God Control are a real highlight. Madonna is also politically engaged in this work, focusing on the failed gun control in America (with a sample from Emma Gonzales’ speech in I Rise) as well as speaking out for minorities (particularly in the postmodern fado Killers Who Are Partying). Speaking of fado, Lusophone culture is one of the album’s main themes – probably due to Madonna’s decision to move to Portugal in 2017. On Batuka she celebrates Cape Verde (the batuque being a kind of Cape Verdean music characterised by a call and response structure). Madonna also pays tribute to Colombia with the reggaeton singer Maluma, with whom she sings (and flirts) on two duets: Medellin and Bitch I'm Loca. Finally, she also mentions Picasso's Spain on I Don't Search I Find (quoted from the painter). The album highlights the malleable aspect of her voice (be it auto-tuned, whispered or spoken) and throughout the work Madonna always strikes a perfect balance between the gravity of political commitment on the one hand and the lightness of the duets and Mirwais’ production on the other. She does complete justice album’s title, Madame X most likely being a reference to Marlene Dietrich from Agent X 27, Joseph Von Sternberg's 1931 biopic of the spy Mata Hari. “Madame X is a secret agent, travelling around the world, changing identities and fighting for freedom. She brings light to dark places,” explained the singer in a teaser video for her project. It’s a masked, playful, freedom-fighting and confident Madonna that we find here as she enters her seventh decade. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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1
Medellín
00:04:58

Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - MIRWAIS AHMADZAI, ComposerLyricist - Mirwais, Producer - Maluma, MainArtist - Edgar Barrera, ComposerLyricist - Juan Luis Londoño Arias, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

2
Dark Ballet
00:04:14

Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - MIRWAIS AHMADZAI, ComposerLyricist - Mirwais, Producer

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc.

3
God Control
00:06:19

Mike Dean, Producer - Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - MIRWAIS AHMADZAI, ComposerLyricist - Mirwais, Producer - Casey Spooner, ComposerLyricist - Tiffin Children’s Chorus, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

4
Future
00:03:53

Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - Diplo, Producer - Thomas Wesley Pentz, ComposerLyricist - Clement Marie Jacques Picard, ComposerLyricist - Quavo, MainArtist - Brittany Hazzard, ComposerLyricist - Quavious Keyate Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Maxine Marie Laurent Picard, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

5
Batuka
00:04:57

Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - MIRWAIS AHMADZAI, ComposerLyricist - Mirwais, Producer - The Batukadeiras Orchestra, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - David Banda, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

6
Killers Who Are Partying
00:05:28

Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - MIRWAIS AHMADZAI, ComposerLyricist - Mirwais, Producer

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

7
Crave
00:03:21

Mike Dean, Producer - Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - Billboard, Producer - Khalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown, ComposerLyricist - Swae Lee, MainArtist - Brittany Hazzard, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

8
Crazy
00:04:02

Mike Dean, Producer - Jason Evigan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - Brittany Hazzard, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

9
Come Alive
00:04:02

Mike Dean, Producer - Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Bhasker, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Brittany Hazzard, ComposerLyricist - Tiffin Children’s Chorus, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

10
Extreme Occident
00:03:41

Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - MIRWAIS AHMADZAI, ComposerLyricist - Mirwais, Producer

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

11
Faz Gostoso
00:04:05

Mike Dean, Producer - Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - MC Zuka, ComposerLyricist - Billboard, Producer - Karla Rodrigues, ComposerLyricist - Anitta, FeaturedArtist - Emanuel Oliveira, ComposerLyricist - Rodrigo Carmo, ComposerLyricist - Mateus Seabra, ComposerLyricist - Duarte Nuno Carvalho, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

12
Bitch I’m Loca
00:02:50

Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - Maluma, FeaturedArtist - Billboard, Producer - Edgar Barrera, ComposerLyricist - Juan Luis Londoño Arias, ComposerLyricist - Lauren D'Elia, ComposerLyricist - Stiven Rojas Escobar, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Hawkins Rodríguez, ComposerLyricist - Sunamy, Producer, Co-Producer - George Forbes James, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

13
I Don’t Search I Find
00:04:08

Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - MIRWAIS AHMADZAI, ComposerLyricist - Mirwais, Producer

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

14
Looking For Mercy
00:04:50

Mike Dean, Producer - Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Bhasker, Producer - Brittany Hazzard, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

15
I Rise
00:03:44

Jason Evigan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Madonna, Producer, MainArtist - Madonna Ciccone, ComposerLyricist - Brittany Hazzard, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records

Album Description

Madame X marks the reunion between Madonna and Mirwais, the latter being behind the wheel for 7 of the 13 tracks on the album. Daniel Darc's former colleague from Taxi Girl had already worked on several projects, such as the albums Music in 2000 and American Life in 2003. His role here is to take the delirious musical experimentation to new extremes, all the while keeping in line with Madonna's melodic pop style. The most obvious example of Mirwais’ musical madness is Dark Ballet, a song inspired by Joan of Arc that features a long synthetic-baroque arrangement à la Wendy Carlos as well as a mischievous monologue by Madonna that’s told from the point of view of the Maid of Orléans. Maintaining a style that’s both playful and totally insane, the lively disco strings on God Control are a real highlight. Madonna is also politically engaged in this work, focusing on the failed gun control in America (with a sample from Emma Gonzales’ speech in I Rise) as well as speaking out for minorities (particularly in the postmodern fado Killers Who Are Partying). Speaking of fado, Lusophone culture is one of the album’s main themes – probably due to Madonna’s decision to move to Portugal in 2017. On Batuka she celebrates Cape Verde (the batuque being a kind of Cape Verdean music characterised by a call and response structure). Madonna also pays tribute to Colombia with the reggaeton singer Maluma, with whom she sings (and flirts) on two duets: Medellin and Bitch I'm Loca. Finally, she also mentions Picasso's Spain on I Don't Search I Find (quoted from the painter). The album highlights the malleable aspect of her voice (be it auto-tuned, whispered or spoken) and throughout the work Madonna always strikes a perfect balance between the gravity of political commitment on the one hand and the lightness of the duets and Mirwais’ production on the other. She does complete justice album’s title, Madame X most likely being a reference to Marlene Dietrich from Agent X 27, Joseph Von Sternberg's 1931 biopic of the spy Mata Hari. “Madame X is a secret agent, travelling around the world, changing identities and fighting for freedom. She brings light to dark places,” explained the singer in a teaser video for her project. It’s a masked, playful, freedom-fighting and confident Madonna that we find here as she enters her seventh decade. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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