Madonna’s forthcoming album officially has a title. The pop queen’s 12th studio LP will be called M.D.N.A., representatives for the singer confirmed to MTV News on Wednesday (January 11).
Madonna announced the album title during a taping of the U.K.’s “Graham Norton Show,” which will air Friday on BBC One. While making the press rounds in support of her film “W.E.,” she has offered up a few details on her much-anticipated album, which is reportedly due in late March. On Thursday, “Nightline” is set to air a “candid and revealing” interview with the singer, in which she answers fan questions and addresses talk about a rumored rivalry with Lady Gaga.
The singer recently confirmed that M.D.N.A. will be released as part of her new three-record deal with Interscope. The first single from the project, “Gimme All Your Luvin,” features Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.; it’s set for release later this month ahead of Madonna’s performance at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 5 in Indiana.
“We couldn’t be happier to work with [Interscope’s] Jimmy Iovine, [Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group] Lucian Grainge and the entire Interscope team,” Madonna’s longtime manager Guy Oseary said in a statement about the new label deal. “We anticipate a very bright future at our new home.”
The Super Bowl performance will reportedly be “imagined” by Cirque du Soleil and Madonna’s longtime choreographer/ creative director Jamie King. The event may also feature appearances from her “Gimme All Your Luvin” collaborators. According to reports, the set list for the Super Bowl show will include “Luvin” as well as Madonna classics like “Ray of Light,” Vogue” and “Music.”
A demo version of “Luvin” hit the Web last November and received positive advance buzz from critics and bloggers. Madonna’s team, however, was disappointed with the leak, and Oseary took to Twitter to say that while they were “very happy with the positive reaction to the demo,” they were “very upset with whoever leaked the song.”
That disappointment translated into legal action in late December, when a 31-year-old man in Zaragoza, Spain, was arrested for leaking the song.
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