Despite residing in the U.K., Madonna’s not ready to bail on her American Life just yet.
Remixed and Revisited, a seven-song EP due November 25, features four reworked songs from her latest album. They include the live medley of “Like a Virgin” and “Hollywood” she performed with Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, the fleshed-out ditty that serves as the music for her Gap commercial, and one previously unreleased song, “Your Honesty” (see “Madonna’s Got A Brand New Bag — And Britney’s In It” ).
“It’s just a way to keep my record going, to keep it alive,” she said. “And also because we did so many great remixes of all the songs on my album, I want people to be able to hear them. And I had a few oldies but goodies that people hadn’t heard before, and I wanted to stick those on.”
Although Jason Nevins’ remix of “Nothing Fails” has been chosen as the EP’s first radio single, a video for the Headcleanr rock mix of “Love Profusion,” another American Life track, was shot earlier this month by director Luc Besson, who also helmed the Estée Lauder TV spots that feature the song. Although the queen of pop sings and dances throughout the clip, it won’t look like any concert her fans have ever been to.
“There are a lot of special effects,” Madonna said of the clip. “It’s just one long performance video. I talked to things that weren’t there — which is what you do when you’re doing green-screen or blue-screen stuff. There’s going to be a lot of fairies dancing around me.
“Isn’t that exciting?” she added, laughing. “I always have a lot of fairies dancing around me.”
“Your Honesty,” co-written and co-produced by Dallas Austin, was recorded during the sessions that spawned 1994’s Bedtime Stories but was left off the album because Madonna already had an overabundance of songs. Although it was all but forgotten about until her manager yanked it from the vaults, she said it was still one of her favorites.
This was a busy year for Madonna, who dropped two records, collaborated with Britney Spears, filmed a Gap ad and penned a line of children’s books, which she considers the highlight. And 2004 promises to keep her equally occupied. Her Maverick Films will produce the film “She Rocks,” starring Amanda Peet as a music journalist who changes a rock star’s life with her story, and Madonna hopes her most successful book, “The English Roses,” will become an animated feature, in which she’ll lend her voice to the fairy godmother character. Three more children’s books are also on the way, the first of which will be “Yakov and the Seven Thieves.”
“Never in a million years [did I think] it would be as successful as it is,” she said of “The English Roses,” “and I feel incredibly blessed. I hope it continues.”
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