Last Friday, without warning, Madonna decided to premiere six songs from her new album, Rebel Heart, on iTunes: "Living for Love," "Unapologetic Bitch," "Ghosttown," "Devil Pray," "Illuminati," and "Bitch I'm Madonna." I was so excited, I thought my heart my explode through my chest. According to Billboard, Madonna wasn't planning on debuting any new material from her upcoming 13th studio album until February, but a series of unfortunate demo leaks prompted the now 56-year-old pop music icon to give fans an early preview of the project. Thankfully, the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive! Madonna collaborated with many different musicians on Rebel Heart, but these six finished songs all have one very important thing in common: Madonna sounds like she actually cares about the music she's making again — and that's so awesome.
Let's face it: Madge sounded beyond bored singing songs like "Girls Gone Wild," "Superstar," and "Turn Up the Radio" on her last LP, 2012's MDNA. It was as if she didn't care anymore. She didn't seem to be having any fun. To the contrary, she sounds like she's having an absolute blast on new Rebel Heart tracks like "Living for Love" and "Bitch I'm Madonna." What a difference a couple of years can make!
Here's how celebrities are reacting to Madonna's new album:
Madonna responded to Ariana Grande's tweet, and she was so overcome with emotion, she could only answer with emojis:
Nile Rodgers (Famous Producer & Guitarist)
Darren Hayes (Former Lead Singer of Savage Garden)
When Madonna featured Frankie Grande's recreation of the Rebel Heart cover shoot (above) on her Twitter, he flipped out:
Kevin McHale (Glee Actor)
Unfortunately, another new set of Rebel Heart demos made their way online on Tuesday. Sigh. Why does this keep happening? My fingers are crossed that the quality of Madonna's finished material will be able to keep Rebel Heart afloat in the face of these frustrating leaks.