In addition to her new album, American Life, Madonna also plans to release a box set before the year is out, marking the 20th anniversary of her recording career.
The 11-song American Life (April 22) was co-produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzai, who also co-produced her Music (2000) and the recent James Bond tune “Die Another Day.” The album’s title track will be the first single, with a video by controversial director Jonas Akerlund (Smashing Pumpkins, the Prodigy). The clip features an anti-war theme and was completed in Los Angeles last week, the singer’s spokesperson said.
“[The video] expresses a panoramic view of our culture and looming war through the view of a female superhero portrayed by Madonna,” according to a statement. “Starting as a runway show of couture army fatigues, the fashion show escalates into a mad frenzy depicting the catastrophic repercussions and horrors of war.”
Madonna co-wrote the songs on American Life with Guy Sigsworth, Gem Jones and Les Rhythmes Digitales’ Jacques Lu Cont, who was the musical director and keyboardist on her Drowned World Tour. Among the tracks slated for inclusion are “Hollywood,” “Nothing Fails” and “Love Profusion.”
The box set, whose contents have not yet been announced, is timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Madonna’s 1983 self-titled debut, which yielded the hits “Lucky Star,” “Borderline” and “Holiday.” A release date has not been set for the box, according to the spokesperson.
On Thursday, Madonna filed a grievance with the Press Complaints Commission, a British press watchdog organization, over a Heat magazine article that claimed the 44-year-old singer was pregnant with her third child. Madonna’s spokesperson denied the report.