Madonna responds to leaked tunes with six official releases
A reminder that you shouldn't mess with this material girl
Madonna was not a happy woman when 13 of what she called "unfinished demos" were leaked on the internet last week. But always one to get a step ahead, she's since reacted by releasing six completed tracks on iTunes and has plans to release more by 9 February. Her full album, Rebel Heart, is now scheduled for release in the first week of March 2015.
The day after releasing the six songs, Madonna shot to number one on the iTunes charts in 41 countries, reported Rolling Stone, to whom the singer also granted her first interview following the release.
Madonna also issued a statement, saying: "I was hoping to release my new single Living For Love on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift."
And what a merry gift it is. All six songs can be downloaded when you place a pre-order for the album, or each can be downloaded individually.
The songs include Living for Love (see video above), Devil Pray, Ghosttown, Unapologetic Bitch, Illuminati and her collab with Nicki Minaj, Bitch I'm Madonna. With producers such as Diplo, Kanye West, Blood Diamonds and Madonna herself on the tracks, we can only expect plenty more good stuff in the full album. This is Madonna's 13th album and follows her last release, MDMA, in 2012.
The celebrated singer made it very clear how disappointed and angry she was at the leaks last week, calling them "a form of terrorism" and "artistic rape." She took to Instagram with this message:
In another post, which she later removed, Madonna put her point across even more strongly: "This is artistic rape!! These are early leaked demos, half of which won't even make it on my album. The other half have changed and evolved. This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?"
Earlier in the month, Madonna was also the victim of leaked images. She also addressed this unauthorised sharing of her pictures on Instagram:
This is a fitting photo i did not release. I do not make money from the release of any of my photos. But other people do! I am asking my true fans and supporters who respect me as an artist and a human to not get involved with the purchasing trading or posting of unreleased images or music. I hope and pray we find the source of the leaks soon. Until then i am grateful for any leads or info and even more grateful for your support and loyalty! Please let me finish my work so i can give you my very best! #respectartandtheorocess
So true blue fans, your loyalty's been rewarded with the immediate availability of these six new songs and a juicy album to look forward to. Hackers, here's a valuable lesson: learn to pick on someone your own size.